What is it? A structured essay question seeks for a structured answer from students regarding the topic that they have been taught. It is called “structured” because students are expected to “structure” arguments to answer questions with the information that they have learnt. This means that SEQ does not merely test on your memory but your ability to formulate arguments based on what you know.
Structured Essay Questions Break-down (a) To what extent… (7m) (b) How far...(8m) (2 sets of each. You should not spend more than half an hour for each set.)
Point: Learning from past successes and failures is one of the reasons why people study history.
Elaboration/Example: History is full of stories about real people. When studying stories of success, we come across many hardworking, courageous and creative people. We can look up to them as role model. For instace, Otto Lilienthal built a glider that was powered by a small motor. Though this was not successful, the Wright brothers made changes to Lilienthal’s design and their plane was able to fly for 260 metres before it hit the ground.
Explanation: From this, we can tell that people study history because there is immense knowledge that can be derived from what our forefathers have done. Such knowledge would ultimately prove useful for us and we can build upon it further.