Junior Cert (Higher Level): Q.4 - People in History

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People in History questions are worth 20 marks each. You must answer two on the Higher Level paper.

The section is split into two parts, A and B. Part A is history before 1600, Part B is history after it. You must pick one question from each of the two parts (A and B).

The following People in History figures have appeared in recent papers:

2017
A:
A woman living in a named ancient civilisation outside of Ireland.
A craftsman in a medieval town.
A settler who received land during a named plantation in Ireland during the 16th or 17th century.

B: 
A worker in a factory or a mine during the Industrial Revolution in Britain c. 1850.
A British or American soldier who took part in D-Day, June 1944
A named political leader in the Republic of Ireland during the period 1960-1985.

2016
A:
A farmer living in ancient (pre-Christian) Ireland.
A monk in a medieval monastery.
A named Renaissance artist from outside Italy.

B:
A named leader on a voyage during the Age of Exploration.
A person living in Ireland, North or South, during World War II, 1939-1945.
A named leader involved in one of the crises during the rise of the superpowers (Berlin Blockade; Korean War; Cuban Missile Crisis)
or
A named leader in the struggle for African or Asian independence after 1945
or
A named leader in the movement for European unity between 1945 and 1992.

2015
A:
An archaeologist at work.
A servant who worked in a medieval castle.
A named Renaissance writer or scientist.

B:
A settler who received land during a named plantation during the 16th or 17th century.
A named leader in a revolution (America, France or Ireland) during the period 1771 - 1815.
A named leader in the struggle for Irish independence, 1900 - 1912.

Sample People in History questions are featured on each topic's page, or see the list below.


Answering People in History Questions
  • Read the questions carefully 
  • Don't just glance at them. Read them very carefully before answering them. Find the two questions you can answer best. If you're asked to write about a named person or place, name that person or place.
 
  • Your information must be relevant (important)  
  • It is very important that the information you write down in a People in History answer is relevant and important to the question. For example, if you're writing about George Washington as a named leader in a revolution, you'll talk a lot about his actions during the American Revolution, but writing down that his face is on the $1 bill will get you no marks because it has nothing to do with the question.

  • Have at least 10 points:
  • You should try to have at least 10 relevant points of information in order to get full marks for your answer.

  • Timekeeping:
  • The People in History questions are important. If you're prepared for them, you can get a lot of marks from them. Spend about 15-20 minutes on each question. You should aim for a page/page and a half of writing, depending on how big your writing is.

 List of common People in History questions

FIRST YEAR

Archaeology:
An archaeologist at work.

Ancient Ireland:
A person living in an ancient civilisation in Ireland.
A monk in an early Christian monastery.

Ancient Rome:
A person living in an ancient civilisation outside of Ireland.

The Middle Ages:
The lord or lady of a medieval castle.
A serf on a medieval manor.
A knight in a medieval castle.
A monk in a medieval monastery.
A craftsman in a medieval town.

The Renaissance:
A named Renaissance artist from Italy.
A named Renaissance artist from outside Italy.
A named Renaissance scientist.
A named Renaissance writer


SECOND YEAR


The Age of Exploration:
A named leader on a voyage of exploration.
A sailor on a voyage of discovery.

The Reformation:
A named religious reformer.

The Plantations:
A settler who received land in a named plantation.
A native Irish landowner who lost land in a named plantation.

The Age of Revolutions:
A named leader involved in a revolution (America or France or Ireland).
A supporter/person fighting in a revolution during the period 1771-1815.

From Farm to Factory:
A farm labourer during the Agricultural Revolution.
A factory/mine worker during the Industrial Revolution.
A factory/mine owner during the Industrial Revolution.
A worker in an English city in 1850.


THIRD YEAR

Political Developments in 20th Century Ireland
A unionist living in Ulster around 1912-14.
A named leader involved in the struggle for Irish independence, 1900-21.
A person involved in the struggle for Irish independence, 1900-21.
A person living in Northern or Southern Ireland during the war years, 1939-45.
A named political leader in the Republic of Ireland, 1960-85.
  
Social Change in 20th Century Ireland
An old person talks about changes that have taken place in Ireland in the countryside or in the cities since 1900.

International Relations in the 20th Century
A soldier who took part in World War II.
A named leader involved in one of the crises during the rise of the superpowers. (Option)
A named leader in the movement for European unity between 1945-1992. (Option)
A named leader in the struggle for African or Asian independence after 1945. (Option)