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Combined humanities 2192/01


Combined Humanities Mock exam 1

Social Studies-2192/01
Duration: 90 minutes

This paper consists of Section A and Section B, of which section A is compulsory. For section B, you are
to choose any one question.

 Rise and fall of Venice
 Healthcare in Singapore and Britain
 Bonding Singapore
 Managing peace and security (Source base)

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Section A- Source Base Question [25 m]

This section is compulsory.

a) Study source A
What is the message of the source? [5m]

b) Study sources A and B

How similar are they? [7m]

c) Study source C
How reliable is this source? [7m]

d) Study sources D and E

How similar are they? [6m]

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Theme: How effective is the United Nations in maintaining peace in the 21st Century?

Source A

Source B- Speech by then Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the 6165th meeting of the Security Council

“Building peace is about much more than ending war. It is about putting in place the institutions and
trust that will carry people forward into a peaceful future. There was often only a limited window of
opportunity to do that.”

Source C-Speech by George W. Bush, ex-president of United States of America in the 63rd United
Nations General Assembly

"Whatever disagreements our nations have had on Iraq, we should all welcome this progress towards
stability and peace, and we should stand united in helping Iraq's democracy succeed,"

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Source D- From the Telegraph: “The UN loves Barack Obama because he is weak”, 23 September 2009

As we saw last week with his shameful surrender to Moscow over missile defence, the president is
perfectly happy to undermine America’s allies and gut its strategic defences while currying favour with
enemies and strategic competitors. The missile defence debacle is rightly viewed as a betrayal by the
Poles and the Czechs, and Washington has clearly give the impression that it cares little about those who
have bravely stood shoulder to shoulder with their US allies in Iraq, Afghanistan and the wider war on

Source E- Obama’s Speech to the United Nations General Assembly, September 2009
That effort must begin with an unshakeable determination that the murder of innocent men, women
and children will never be tolerated. On this, no one can be -- there can be no dispute. The violent
extremists who promote conflict by distorting faith have discredited and isolated themselves. They
offer nothing but hatred and destruction. In confronting them, America will forge lasting partnerships to
target terrorists, share intelligence, and coordinate law enforcement and protect our people. We will
permit no safe haven for al Qaeda to launch attacks from Afghanistan or any other nation. We will
stand by our friends on the front lines, as we and many nations will do in pledging support for the
Pakistani people tomorrow. And we will pursue positive engagement that builds bridges among faiths,
and new partnerships for opportunity.

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Section B
Answer any one question below.

2) This question is about healthcare in Britain and Singapore.

a. “Privatization of the NHS helped to cater to the various demands of healthcare in Britain” How
far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer. [12m]
b. To what extend do you agree that means testing helped to improve healthcare in Singapore?
Explain your answer. [13m]

3) This question is about the rise and fall of Venice

a. How far do you agree that economic factors, rather than political factors led to the fall of Venice?
Explain your answer. [12m]
b. Which of the factor played a role in the rise of Venice, good geographical location or good
leadership? Explain your answer. [13m]

4) This question is on bonding Singapore

a. How ethnic integration policy does helps in bringing about greater social cohesion among
Singaporeans of different races? Explain your own answer. [12m]
b. Which is a better way to manage ethnic diversity- foster a national identity or safeguard the
interest of minority groups? Explain your answers.