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WACE Essay Questions by Year – New Course

Your course dot points NEW COURSE ONLY:


a) economic 
b) external forces / international relations 
Caution: Do not expect to be able to
c) ideas 
d) leadership  predict what the examiners might target
e) political  … study everything!!!
f) social/cultural. 

Russia 2018
Question 5 -Assess the methods that enabled the USSR to secure victory in World War Two. (External Forces /
International Relations)
Question 6 - Debate the proposition that Leninism was solely responsible for the changes that occurred up to
1924. (Ideology)
Question 7 - Examine the methods used by Stalin to control individuals and groups in the Soviet Union to 1941.
(Leadership)

Cold War 2018


Question 12 - Analyse the reasons for, and the consequences of, either the reunification of Germany or the
break-up of Yugoslavia. (External forces / international relations)
Question 13 - Evaluate the role and significance of an American political leader during the Cold War. (Political)
Question 14 - Examine the development of European governance from the 1950s to 2001. (Political)

Russia 2017
Question 5 - Assess the extent to which internal divisions and crises within Russian society led to Bolshevik victory
in 1917. (Political)
Question 6 - Debate the proposition: ‘Stalin’s cultural revolution transformed Soviet society significantly’
(Social/Cultural.)
Question 7 - Evaluate the impact of Trotsky as a political leader within the time period. (Leadership)

Cold War 2017


Question 12 - Evaluate the changing nature and consequences of the European world order in the period
1989–2001. (External forces / international relations)
Question 13 - Assess the significance of one key idea of the time period. (Ideology)
Question 14 - Analyse the reasons for and consequences of key conflicts in Europe during the 1950s and
1960s. (External forces / international relations)

Russia 2016
Question 5 - Argue for and against the proposition that: ‘Changes in economic circumstances produced
the greatest impact on the lives of the people.’ (Leadership)
Question 6 - Assess the extent to which international influences were significant in creating change within
Russia and the Soviet Union throughout the time period studied. (External forces / international relations)
Question 7 - Evaluate the impact of autocracy as a significant idea in Russia during the time period
studied. (Political ideas)
Cold War 2016
Question 12 - Assess the importance of formal alliances and treaties in shaping the European region
during the time period. (External forces / international relations)
Question 13 - Analyse the consequences of the collapse of communism after 1989 on the European
region. (Ideology)
Question 14 - Evaluate the impact of Khrushchev’s leadership on the nature and character of the Cold
War in Europe. (Leadership)

OLD COURSE

Russia 2015
Question 6 (25 marks) - Discuss the extent to which changing ideology was divisive and/or cohesive within the
society studied.
Question 7 (25 marks) - Evaluate critically the role of either Stalin or Mao Zedong in the changing economic
circumstances and social experiences within the society studied.
Question 8 (25 marks) - Debate the proposition, ‘significant change within the society was predominately a result of
external events.’

Cold War 2015


Question 9 (25 marks) - Assess the cohesive and/or divisive impact of the event listed below on the region studied.
Europe: Space Race Middle East: Suez Crisis
Question 10 (25 marks) - Discuss the nature and extent of change which occurred throughout the period within the
region studied.
Question 11 (25 marks) - With reference to one specific leader, debate the proposition, ‘leadership rather than
individual events, was the significant factor influencing the region studied’.

Russia 2014
Question 6 (25 marks) - Analyse the motivations of an individual leader and the extent of their impact on either
Russia or China.
Question 7 (25 marks) - Analyse the cohesive and divisive effects of a significant international event on either Russia
or China.
Question 8 (25 marks) Evaluate the extent to which the specific idea listed below changed the political, social and
economic circumstances in the country: Russia – Leninism China – Dengism.

Cold War 2014


Question 9 - Analyse the motivations of an individual leader and the extent of their impact in either Europe or the
Middle East.
Question 10 - Assess the impact and influence of a significant event on either Europe or the Middle East.
Question 11 - Evaluate the extent to which the specific idea listed below changed the political, social and economic
circumstances in the region: ● Europe – Detente ● Middle East – Zionism.