‘[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.


'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)


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.