How to Answer GCSE RE Questions

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How to Answer GCSE RE Questions

  1. 1. + How to answer GCSE RE Questions
  2. 2. + About the questions  Each GCSE RE questions should take 30mins whether it is a Philosophy or an Ethics question.  Each question is divided into 5 parts and is worth 24 marks in total.  (a) [1 Mark]  (b) [2 Marks]  (c) [3 Marks]  (d) [6 Marks]  (e) [12 Marks]  Make sure you answer ALL parts of the question – but especially parts (d) and (e).
  3. 3. + Part (a) Questions These are very simple questions worth one mark only. You will need to make one statement, perhaps a definition Example (a) What is a miracle? [1 mark]
  4. 4. + Part (b) Questions In these questions you need to make two statements, a mark for each. You will need to refer to the required religion. Keep it simple and quick. Example (b) State two things which Christians might believe about God. [2 marks]
  5. 5. + Part (c) Questions These questions are more detailed and need three statements or two statements, one of which has been explained in details. You need to be specific and clear. Example (c) What do Christian believe about Jesus. [3 marks]
  6. 6. + Part (d) Questions These are very difficult questions. They normally start with the world ‘Explain’. You have to explain religious teachings, beliefs or actions and have to show that different people will act/believe differently. DO NOT include your own view. Use the PEE technique. Example (d) Explain Christian beliefs about miracles. [6 marks]
  7. 7. + Part (e) Questions These questions are worth half of the marks, so save plenty of time. Again use the PEE technique. You have to respond to a quote. Explain and exemplify your view and at least two religious views. Compare and contrast. Weigh-up. You MUST include your views. This is an essay style question. Example (e) ‘There is a lot of evidence to prove there is a God’ [12 marks]

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