Elizabeth Revision


Describe two features of... (4 marks)

This type of question assesses your knowledge of key features and characteristics of the period studied.


Describe two key features of the attempts to colonise Virginia in the 1580s.

(Reproduced by permission of Edexcel)


You need to mention a valid key feature identified and also provide supporting information.

Don’t ‘over-write’ your answer to this question. You should spend about five minutes on this.

Explain why... (12 marks)

This type of question is focussing on causation – the reasons why something happened. It is also assessing your knowledge of the period. You will be given stimulus points to prompt you in the right direction.


Explain why the Throckmorton Plot (1583) was a threat to Queen Elizabeth.

You may use the following in your answer:

  • Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Foreign Threat

You must also use own knowledge.

(Reproduced by permission of Edexcel)


  • Discuss a number of reasons why the plot was a threat.
  • Explain each reason carefully.
  • 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.

‘[Statement]’ How far do you agree? Explain your


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