Compare (Similarities) & Contrast (Differences)

Total Marks

Time Spent

6 marks

15 min




WHAT DOES THE QUESTION LOOK LIKE?

  • Compare and contrast the views expressed in Sources D and E about the Locarno Treaty.

For 6 marks, write 6 paragraphs of a running comparison/contrast, supported by quotesWHAT TO PUT IN THE ANSWER?

  • Ideally you want to have 3 compares & 3 contrasts; it is OK to have 4 compares & 2 contrasts (or 2 compares & 4 contrasts)
  • Your answer needs to focus on the terms of the question, i.e., if the question asks you to compare/contrast in relation to a VERY SPECIFIC topic, not just the sources in general
  • Before writing your answer, read the SOURCES carefully & UNDERLINE the quotes you plan to use

HOW TO WRITE THE ANSWER? WITHIN A PARAGRAPH...

  • Write a TS that discusses the similarity or difference: "Both sources agree that..." or "The sources differ in..."
  • Then use Sources to support (either paraphrase or quote small phrases): "Source C says that...and Source D says that..." or "While Source C says...Source D says..."