That Blue Square Thing - Geography Revision

Unit 5 Case Study Questions - Plate Tectonics

WARNING! These pages are now very old. They were last updated in 2008 and the content applies to an old version of any geography syllabus currently active in the UK.
I've kept them here because there might be something useful for someone and the general marking principles aren't all that different. But be aware that it's old and out of date (the stuff on the Google Earth page in particular may not work at all)

Case study questions are a key part of Paper 2.

These questions are usually worth between 6 and 9 marks. If you can do them well you can pick up serious marks.

The key to this sort of question is to develop your answers by explaining what you mean and to use case studies. Use an example even when the question doesn't ask for one - this should be your standard approach. Examiners are particularly looking for evidence that you really know about the place you're writing about. This means it's important to be able to match case studies to each question.

You could go through each question and write an answer for it. Another way of using these questions is to decide how you'd answer each one by brainstorming points. Make sure you can use at least one good case study per question.

The Questions:

1.Using examples you have studied, describe the damaging effects of an earthquake
(6 marks)
2. Despite the risks, people choose to live in volcanic areas. Suggest reasons why
(4 marks)
3. Describe ways in which the damaging effects of a volcanic eruption may be reduced
(6 marks)
4. For a type of natural hazard that you have studied, explain how its damaging effects could be reduced.
(6 marks)
5. Describe ways by which the damaging effects of earthquakes may be reduced. Use examples from an earthquake(s) that you have studied.
(6 marks)
6. Explain why the effects of earthquakes or volcanoes are often worse in LEDCs
(6 marks)
7. Using examples you have studied, explain how the damagin effects of volcanoes can be reduced through effective management
(9 marks)

You can use the GCSE Markscheme to help you structure your answers.

Remember: 3 or 4 developed points supported with a good case study is much more likely to score high marks than an answer which simply talks briefly about 17 different points.