‘[Statement]’ How far do you agree? Explain your answer. (16 marks)

This type of question requires you to consider one of the following concepts – significance, causation or consequence. You will also have to reach a well-substantiated judgement.

Example:

'The main reason William I was able to keep control of England in the years 1066-75 was the building of castles.' How far do you agree? Explain your answer.

You may use the following in your answer:

  • The design of motte and bailey castles
  • Lanfranc and the Church

You must also use your own knowledge.

(Reproduced by permission of Edexcel)

Tips:

To answer this question you need to analyse evidence that both agrees and disagrees with the statement. You then need to add a well-substantiated conclusion. You are expected to show wide-ranging knowledge to answer this question. Keep linking back to the question by using the keywords.

Don’t forget to go beyond the stimulus material provided – if you don’t you limit the marks you can be given. Use clear paragraphs to ensure the structure of your answer is formal as this is important too.