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Old 1st October 2012, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am weak in SBQ. I got 7/25 for prelim and i am quite worried. Can someone kindly explain to me how to answer source based questions? like Audience, tone, inference and reliability question?
and also i realized that sometimes they will ask questions like these two sources differ in view. Does it mean that one is wrong? What is the correct way to answer this type of question?

For reliability question, how do you know whether to trust the source or not?

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Old 1st October 2012, 07:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does it mean that one is wrong? What is the correct way to answer this type of question?

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Usually, both are not wrong, but you have to argue with reliability/purpose. Eg. if the source is about a Prostestant commenting on something the IRA did, it's likely that the source is not reliable since it's biased.

As for reliability you have to look at provenance, or if there is purpose, look at purpose. Eg. if the source is from some expert in what university it is likely to be well informed, with little bias. Eg. if the source is some speech, there's usually an ulterior motive behind eg. to justify, to criticise, to condemn etc, so you have to look at that as well.

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Re: Social studies

You must know all the question types~~ Not sure if your sch teaches but my school taught us how to tackle all the question types that has come out before.

Two sources differ in view, does it mean one of them is wrong? Is what my school calls higher order reliability~~

Anyway, to answer that, state stand first, and give inference for both sources, Then check reliability of both sources by cross-reference and purpose.

And for reliability, got many ways to check
-provenance
-tone
-cross reference
-purpose
-content

I usually use provenance, cross reference and purpose

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Re: Social studies

don't worry too much!
consult your teacher, i'm sure he/she can explain to you again
i recently got 8/25 for my sbq also but like 80% of my school failed it or something
maybe your paper was very difficult also.

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Re: Social studies

How far does Source A proves that Source B is wrong?

How do you answer this type of question?

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You cross refer to another source (eg. if the source you cross refer to supports A, it proves that B is wrong). + look at purpose, provenance (whether it's biased, propaganda, etc.)

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So before cross-referencing, do you need to PEE both sources first and say which one wrong/right?

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You cross reference to show which one is wrong/right. So basically you put them in the same para :3 Do I make sense? Lol.

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