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Title: History: Renaissance Italy

History Renaissance Italy
  • 2011 Assessment Report

The Examination
  • Most candidates completed the whole examination
  • Very few candidates left questions unanswered

Good Answers
  • Clear point and support from appropriate material
  • Students need to avoid misuse of evidence
  • as in wrong attributions

Section A
  • Use of evidence for this section.
  • Students can simply use accurate details
  • Do not have to rely on historians views

Question 1
  • 1. Explain how geographic features shaped
    economic activity in different types of city
    statesone republican and one non republican city
  • Most chose Venice and made the appropriate links
  • Milan and Florence were well done
  • Naples and Papal States were generally poor and
    lacking knowledge and detail

Question 2
  • Explain the ways in which investment of both
    public and private patrons contributed to the
    growth and development of Renaissance art and
  • Students knew about patronage but many struggled
    to get beyond a list of patrons and artists.
  • Link between the patron and artistic innovation.
  • Cosimo and the Duomo

Section B
  • Students found this section more difficult this
  • There were more incorrect answers to the first 3

Section B Question 4
  • From your knowledge, explain two changes to the
    distribution of power during C14th Florence.
  • Important to stress the students pay attention to
    the date. Too many answers on the 15th century
  • The best answers dealt with the Ciompi revolt and
    the reversals of the elite and Walter of Brienne
  • We did accept two changes within the one event or
    two separate changes

Question 5
  • To what extent was C15th Florence still a guild
    based republic under Lorenzo de Medici? Use both
    primary and secondary sources to support your
  • This was a straightforward question that most
    students were able to answer.
  • The use of evidence or the lack of it was a
    discriminator in this question

Section C
  • Students need to show detailed and comprehensive
    knowledge of social structures of either Florence
    or Venice
  • Both questions were very challenging

Florence Essay
  • You can see at every turn the benefits you
    derive from having a good name, a good
    reputation. But they are few compared to those
    you do not see. They come of their own accord,
    without you knowing the cause, brought about by
    that good opinion people have of you. It was said
    most wisely a good name is worth more than great
    riches Guicciardini
  • To what extent were Florentine social structures
    shaped by a desire for a good name?
  • Important to look at the terms of the question
    the phrase to what extent gives the student the
    opportunity to argue that a good name was
    important or was not as important as other
    elements of their lives.

Venice Essay
  • In practice, the long-lived stability of the
    Venetian government rested on the attention its
    rulers gave to both special interests and the
    general welfare of the beloved city
  • To what extent did Venetian social structures
    balance both special interests and the general
    welfare of the citys inhabitants?
  • Best answers constructed an argument
  • Students struggled to understand the term
    special interests

Section D
  • Identify four aspects of the Myth of Venice in
    this image
  • This was a question that was generally well done.
  • Students should avoid using vague terms as
    elements of the Myth like beauty and successful
  • Unique location liberty justice harmony and
    concord wealth and piety

Section D Question 2
  • Using the image and your knowledge, explain how
    the Venetian Government used the Piazza San
    Marco to promote unity and maintain control.
  • Most students were confident about how the Piazza
    was used to maintain unity

Section D Question 3
  • Bonifacio de Pitati depicts a serene republic.
    How did the Venetian State maintain a perception
    of the city as La Serenissima during the crises
    of the C15th and C16th?
  • Visual and written primary sources as well as
    secondary texts by historians.
  • This was a clear and straightforward question and
    was generally handled well by the students.
  • The dates were important and some students did
    not confine themselves to the relevant period.
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