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CXC Past Paper Questions

Theme 4
Movement towards Emancipation
26 May 2006
Question 7
(a) Name TWO groups who supported the abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean in the
1800s.
(2 marks)
(b) Name TWO groups who supposed the abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean in the
1800s.
(2 marks)
(c) Explain why there was the opposition to the abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean
in the 1800s.
(12 marks)
(d) Describe how the anti-slavery movement organized its activities to end slavery in the
British Caribbean in the 1800s.
(9 marks)
Total 25 marks
Question 8
Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow.
The British were the first to abolish plantation slavery in 1834. The French did not
manage to do so until 1848. Spain found it even more difficult to do so in Cuba, where
the system was not abolished until 1886.

(a) Account for the success of the British anti-slavery movement in 1834.

(12 marks)

(b) Outline FOUR reasons why France abolished slavery in 1848.

(8 marks)

(c) Explain why Spain abolished slavery in Cuba in 1886.

(5 marks)
Total 25 marks

22 May 2009
Question 7
(a) Explain THREE economic arguments used by planters to support slavery in the British
Caribbean.
(9 marks)
(b) Examine TWO religious and TWO humanitarian reasons that caused many Christian
missionaries to attack plantation slavery in the British Caribbean.
(16 marks)
Total 25 marks
Question 8
(a) Explain THREE reasons for the introduction of amelioration measures in the British and
the French Caribbean territories.
(9 marks)
(b) Examine FOUR reasons for the failure of these amelioration measures in the Caribbean.
(16 marks)
Total 25 marks
27 May 2013
Question 7
Write a speech that you will deliver as an abolitionist participating in a debate on slavery in the
British Parliament. Speak against any FIVE of the arguments put forward to support your
opponents.
Total 25 marks
Question 8
Imagine that you are an absentee planter in London who supported the proposals to improve the
conditions of enslavement in the British Caribbean. Write a letter to a friend living elsewhere in
England discussing the aims of the Amelioration policy of 1823 and why this policy has failed.
Your answer should include at least TWO proposals for amelioration and THREE reasons for
failure of the policy.
Total 25 marks
23 May 2014

Question 7
It is the first anniversary of slavery in Cuba. As a Frenchman who has visited the island, write an
article for your local newspaper stating FIVE reasons why slavery was abolished as late as 1886
in Cuba.
Total 25 marks
Question 8
You are a stipendiary magistrate who has been employed since the beginning of apprenticeship.
It is now 1837. Write a letter to a close friend in Britain explaining FIVE reasons why you and
other magistrates have found it difficult to overcome some of the challenges you have
encountered.
Total 25 marks
22 May 2015
Question 7
Imagine that you are a journalist who has been following the anti- slavery movement in Britain.
Write an article for the newspaper explaining how the 19th century revolts contributed to the
abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean.
Total 25 marks
Question 8
As an MP in the British Parliament, you voted for the emancipation Act because you thought its
terms were favourable to all parties. With reference to its terms, discuss the reasons why the Act
will benefit plantation owners as well as enslaved men and women.
Discuss at least TWO benefits for the owners and at least THREE benefits for the enslaved.
Total 25 marks