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7 Past Trial & HSC Examination Questions

The following are a collection of past paper short answer and extended questions from Trial and HSC Examinations
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Mr J Portelli

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Transcript of 7 Past Trial & HSC Examination Questions

The following sample questions are taken from past Trial and HSC Examinations.

They will broken up into the various sections of the examination papers.

The choice of Religious Tradition will be the one covered in class and the one suggested by me to complete eg. Section II: 1 & II Unit - Christianity
2011 CSA Trial Examination

Question 11 (5 marks)

Discuss the continuing effect of dispossession on Aboriginal Spiritualities.
SOR I: Section I Q.11
SOR II: Section I Part A Q.11
SOR II (ONLY): Section I Part B
SOR I: Section II

SOR II: Section II
SOR I: Section III
SOR II: Section III
Religion & Peace
SOR II (only): Section IV
2010 Trial Paper Question 5: Judaism

Question 5 - Judaism (20 marks)
"It has been often said, very truly, that religion is the one thing that makes the ordinary person feel extraordinary; it is an especially important truth that religion is the thing that makes the extraordinary person feel ordinary"
Charles Dickens

Assess to what extent this quote reflects the core teachings of Judaism as a living religious system.
2011 Trial Paper Question 5: Judaism

Question 5 - Judaism (20 marks)
"Through his advocacy of religious toleration and through the prestige of his own intellectual accomplishments, Mendelssohn did much to further the emancipation of the Jews from prevailing social, cultural, political and economic restrictions on Germany."
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/374802/Moses-Mendelssohn.

With reference to the quote, analyse the contribution to the development and expression of Judaism by Moses Mendelssohn.
2010 CSA Trial Examination

Question 11 (5 marks)

Australia has become a multicultural and multi-faith society. Using your own knowledge and providing examples, describe evidence of positive relationships, which have developed between religious traditions in Australia since the end of the Second World War.
2011 Trial Examination

Question 22 (5 marks)

For the world to work you must have social transformation, which creates the space for elective social change.

With reference to the quotation, demonstrate the role of religious dimension in social transformation

2011 HSC Paper
Question 22 (5 marks)

About 98% of all Buddhists, Christians and Muslims and about 60% of all Jews now live outside the original location where their religious traditions were founded. However only about 2% of all Hindus live outside India.

With reference to this information, inquire into and draw conclusions about the global distribution

2010 HSC Paper
Question 22 (5 marks)

From almost the beginning men and women have repeatedly engaged in strenuous and committed religious activity... the point of religion was to live intensely and richly here and now.
Religious people... want live overflowing with significance

With reference to the quotation outline the significance of the religious dimension in human history.
2010 HSC Question 5: Judaism
Question 5 - Judaism (20 marks)
"From generation to generation, Judaism teaches us how to deepen our lives, to improve the world and to join with others who have the same lofty aims."

With reference to the quotation, explain how Judaism as a living religious tradition gives depth and meaning to the life of the individual and the Jewish community.
2011 HSC Question 5: Judaism
Question 5 - Judaism (20 marks)
"Some religions emphasise justice, while others emphasise compassion"

To what extent does the statement apply to the distinctive response of Judaism to the enduring questions of human experience.
2010 HSC Paper
Question 2 - CHRISTIANITY (15 Marks)

a) i.
Outline ONE Christian ethical teaching in one of the following areas:

Bioethics; Environmental ethics; Sexual ethics.
3

ii.
Describe TWO examples of the ethical teachings identified in part (a) i. 4

b)
Evaluate the significance of ONE of the following practices in the lives of adherents:
Baptism; Marriage ceremony; Saturday/Sunday worship.
8
2010 HSC Paper
Question 4 - Islam (15 Marks)

(a) (i) Outline one significant practice of Islam. 3
(ii) Link the chosen significant practice from part (i) to the beliefs of Islam. 4
(b) Analyse the influence of ethical teaching on the life of adherents in ONE of the
following areas:
Bioethics; Environmental ethics; Sexual ethics.
8


2011 HSC Paper
Question 2 - CHRISTIANITY (15 Marks)

a)
Outline the contribution of ONE significant person or school of thought other than Jesus to the
development and expression of Christianity.

3

b)
Summarise the impact of the significant person or school of thought chosen in part (a)
.
4


c)
Christianity has always sought to reconnect the faith to its founding roots.
To what extent does the statement apply to the impact of the significant person or school of thought chosen in part (a)?

8

2010 Trial Examination
Question 2 -
Christianity
(15 marks)

a) Explain the effect of an individual or school of thought, other than Jesus on Christianity.
5
b) Explain the New Testament gives guidance to Christians in ONE of the following areas:
5

Bioethics; Environmental ethics; Sexual ethics
c) Demonstrate how ONE of the following significant practices expresses TWO beliefs of Christianity.
5

Baptism; Marriage Ceremony; Saturday/Sunday worship
2011 Trial Examination
Question 2 -
Christianity
(15 marks)

a) Briefly describe a Christian ethical teaching in ONE of the following areas:
3
bioethics; environmental ethics; sexual ethics
b) Outline how one of the following chosen practices express the beliefs of Christianity.
3
c) Explain the impact on Christianity of a significant person or school of thought, other than Jesus.
9
2011 HSC Paper
Question 4 — Islam (15 marks)

(a) Summarise the contribution of ONE significant person or school of thought, other than Muhammad and the Four Rightly Guided Caliphs, to the development and expression of Islam. 3
(b) Summarise the impact of the significant person or school of thought chosen in part (a). 4
(c) All aspects of life are worship for a Muslim. How well does the statement reflect the impact of the significant person or school of thought chosen in part (a)? 8
2012 HSC Question 5: Judaism
Question 5 - Judaism (20 marks)
Men, women, and schools of thought have reformed and/or revitalized the Jewish tradition.

How well does this statement reflect the impact on Judaism of ONE significant person or school of thought, other than Abraham or Moses?
TRIALS
HSC
TRIALS
TRIALS
TRIALS
TRIALS
(MUST complete TWO traditions eg Christianity & Islam)
(MUST complete ONE tradition eg Christianity)
(Must complete alternate tradition i.e. Judaism)
HSC
HSC
HSC
HSC
QUESTIONS ON ISLAM
QUESTIONS ON CHRISTIANITY
1
2
3
4
2012 CSA Trial Examination

Question 11 (5 marks)

There has been a special relationship between Aboriginal Spirituality and a number of religious traditions in the process Reconciliation.

Examine this relationship with reference to ONE religious tradition.
2012 Trial Examination
Question 2 -
Christianity
(15 marks)

a) Outline the sources of ethical teaching in Christianity.
3
b) Analyse the significance of ONE Christian practice in the lives of adherents.
6
c) How does this chosen practice in (b) express the beliefs of Christianity?
6
2013 Trial Examination
Question 2 -
Christianity
(15 marks)

a) Briefly describe a Christian ethical teaching in ONE of the following areas:
3
bioethics; environmental ethics; sexual ethics
b) Outline how one of the following chosen practices express the beliefs of Christianity.
3
c) Explain the impact on Christianity of a significant person or school of thought, other than Jesus.
9
2010 Trial Examination

Question 4 - ISLAM

a) Explain the effect of an individual or school of thought, other than Muhammad and the Four Rightly Caliphs, on Islam.
5
b) Explain how the Qur'an gives guidance to Muslims in ONE of the following areas: Bioethics; Environmental ethics; Sexual ethics
5

c) Demonstrate how ONE of the following significant practices expresses TWO beliefs of Islam. Friday prayer at the mosque; Funeral ceremony; Hajj
5
2011 Trial Examination

Question 4 - ISLAM

a) Briefly describe an Islamic ethical teaching in ONE of the following areas: bioethics; environmental ethics; sexual ethics.
3

b) Outline how ONE of the following practices expresses the beliefs of Islam: Friday prayer at the Mosque; Funeral Ceremony; Hajj.
3
c) Explain the impact on Islam of significant person or school of thought, other than Muhammad and the Four Rightly Caliphs.
9

2012 Trial Examination

Question 4 - ISLAM

a) Outline the sources of ethical teachings in Islam.
3
b) Analyse the significance of ONE Islamic practice in the lives of adherent.
6

c) How does the practice chosen in part (b) express the beliefs of Islam?
6
2013 Trial Examination

Question 4 - ISLAM

a) (i) Outline the contribution of ONE significant person or school thought in Islam.
4

(ii) Explain the effect on Islam of the person or school of thought referred to in part (a) (i)
5

c) Analyse the significance of ethical teaching in Islam in relation to ONE of the following areas: Bioethics; Environmental ethics; Sexual ethics.
6
Do not have any papers for pre-2011
2013 CSA Trial Examination

Question 11 (5 marks)

Account for the effect of immigration on the changing pattern of religious adherence in Australia from 1945 to the present.
2011 HSC Paper
Question 11 (5 marks)

Explain the role of the ecumenical movement and/or interfaith dialogue as religious responses to growing secularism including examples.
2010 HSC Paper
Question 11 (5 marks)

“Dream country* is belonging. Every person has a place in the world in which they are needed, and in which they are 'healthy'.

*country term used by Aboriginal people to refer to the land to which they belong and their place of dreaming

Describe the ways in which Aboriginal spirituality is closely linked to belonging to country.
2012 HSC Paper
Question 22 (5 marks)

Compare the response of ONE religious and ONE non-religious belief system to the human person.
2013 HSC Paper
Question 22 (5 marks)

How has EITHER the rise of materialism OR scientific progress influenced the growth
of new religious expressions and spiritualities?
2012 HSC Paper
Question 2 - CHRISTIANITY (15 Marks)

a) (i) Briefly Outline TWO Christian ethical teachings in ONE of the following:
Bioethics; Environmental ethics; Sexual ethics.
4
(ii) How does ONE ethical teaching outlined in part (a) (i) influence the lives of adherents? 5
b) Analyse the significance for the individual of ONE of significant practice drawn from the
following:
Baptism; Marriage ceremony; Saturday Sunday worship.
6




2013 HSC Paper
Question 2 - CHRISTIANITY (15 Marks)

a) (i) Outline ONE significant practice within Christianity from the following:

Baptism; Marriage ceremony; Saturday Sunday worship.
3
(ii) How significant for the Christian community is the practice identified part (a) (i)? 6
b) Explain ethical teaching in Christianity in one of the following areas:

Bioethics; Environmental ethics; Sexual ethics.
6
2012 HSC Paper
Question 11 (5 marks)

How have religious traditions in Australian given support to the process of Aboriginal reconciliation.
2012 HSC Paper
Question 4 (15 marks)

(a) (i) Briefly outline TWO Islamic ethical teachings in ONE of the following areas:
Bioethics; Environmental ethics; Sexual ethics.
4
(ii) How does ONE ethical teaching outlined in part (a) (i) influence the lives of adherents? 5
(b) Analyse the significance for the individual of ONE significant practice drawn from
the following:
Friday prayer at the mosque; Funeral ceremony; Hajj.
6


SOR I & II Unit


I Unit
II Unit
2014 CSA Trial Examination

Question 11 (5 marks)

Describe the main issues for Aboriginal spiritualities in relation to the effects of dispossession.
2013 HSC Paper

Question 11 (5 marks)


'The native title process has also given Indigenous people a seat at the negotiating table - whether or not native title has been determined by the Federal Court. However, the Native Title has its shortcomings and there is always room for improvement.'
JOHN SOSSO, Acting President - National Native Title Tribunal
Koori Mail,
14 January 2009

With reference to the quotation, outline the importance of Native Title legislation in achieving the objectives of the Land Rights movement.
2014 Trial Examination

Question 22 (5 marks)

It has to be said that religions do not hold a monopoly on community, and that community is an organic, growing thing which finds new forms of expression in society.
- David Tacey: The Return of Interiority to Western Religion, 6/4/2008

Discuss the need for people to understand their relationship with society as a reason for the rise of new religious expressions.
TRIALS
HSC
HSC
TRIALS
QUESTIONS ON JUDAISM
CSSA 2010

Question 5: Judaism

a)
Evaluate the impact TWO contribution made by an individual or school of thought, other than Abraham or Moses to the development or expressions of Judaism.
(5 marks)
b)
Explain TWO specific ethical teachings which directs Jewish behaviour in ONE of the following areas: Bioethics, Environmental Ethics, Sexual Ethics
(5 marks)
c)
Evaluate the significance of ONE of the following practices for the Jewish community.
- Death and Mourning
- Marriage
- Synagogue services
(6 marks)
CSSA 2011
Question 5: Judaism

a)
Briefly describe a Jewish ethical teaching in ONE of the following areas.
- Bioethics
- Environmental Ethics
- Sexual Ethics
(3 marks)
b)
Outline how ONE of the following chosen practices expresses the beliefs of Judaism.
- Death and Mourning
- Marriage
- Synagogue Services
(3 marks)
c)
Explain the impact on Judaism of a significant person or school of thought, other than Abraham or Moses.
(9 marks)
2012 CSSA
Question 5: Judaism

a)
Outline the sources of ethical teaching in Judaism.
(3marks)
b)
Analyse the significance of ONE Jewish practice in the lives of adherents
. (6 marks)
c)
How does the practice chosen in part (b) express the beliefs of Judaism.
(6 marks)
2013 CSSA
Question 5: Judaism

a) (i)
Outline ONE significant in Judaism drawn from:
- Death and Mourning
- Marriage
- Synagogue Services
(
4 marks)
(ii)
Explain the significance of the practice outlined in part (a) (i) for the Jewish community.
(5 marks)
c)
Analyse the significance of ethical teaching in Judaism in relation to ONE other of the following areas:
- Bioethics
- Environmental Ethics
- Sexual Ethics
(6 marks)
2014 CSSA
Question 5: Judaism

a)
Outline one significant practice in Judaism.
(3marks)
b) (i)
Describe the contribution of ONE significant person or school of thought to Judaism.
(5 marks)

(ii)
How has this person or school of thought affected Judaism?
(7 marks)
2009 HSC Paper Section IV - Religion and Peace

Attempt Question 1 (20 marks)

"From Kosovo to Palestine, from Iraq to Sudan, from Ulster to the INdian sub-continent, look carefully at any region of the world where you find intractable enmity* and violence between rival groups. I cannot guarantee that you'll find religions as the dominant labels for in-groups and out-groups. But it is a very good bet."

Richard Dawkins
+ intractable enmity: stubborn hatred

Considering Dawkin's claims about the role of religion in conflict and war, evaluate the principal teachings about peace in ONE religious tradition.
2014 HSC Paper

Question 11 (5 marks)


'For some Australians, God is no longer important. Religion does not seem as attractive as the country is becoming increasingly secular'

With reference to the statement, account for the current religious landscape in Australia.
2014 HSC Paper
Question 2 - CHRISTIANITY (15 Marks)

a) (i) Outline the contribution to Christianity of ONE significant person or school of thought other than Jesus. 3 . (ii) What impact has the significant person or school of thought chosen in part (a) (i) had on Christianity? 4

b)
Religious practices in Christianity help followers to gain a deeper understanding of their beliefs.
How does this statement help to demonstrate the significance of ONE of the following practices for the Christian community?


Baptism; Marriage ceremony; Saturday Sunday worship.
8
2014 Trial Examination
Question 2 - Christianity (15 marks)

a) Identify the contribution of one significant person or school of thought to Christianity.
3
b) (i) Describe one important practice within Christianity.
5
(ii) How is this practice significant for the Christian community?
7
2014 HSC Paper
Question 22 (5 marks)

It has been said that religions do not hold a monopoly on community, and that community is an organic, growing thing which finds new forms of expression in society.
David Tacey: The Return of the Interiority to Western Religion


Discuss the need for people to understand their relationship with society as a reason for the rise of new age religions.
2014 HSC Paper
Question 5 — Judaism (15 marks)

(a) Outline one significant practice in Judaism
3
(b) (i) Describe the contribution of significant person or school of thought to Judaism
5

(ii) How has this person or school of thought affected Judaism?
7
2013 HSC Paper
Question 5 — Judaism (15 marks)

(a) (i) Outline the contribution to Judaism of ONE significant person or school of thought other than Abraham or Moses.
3

(ii) How affective has the significant person or school of though identified in part (a) (i) been in the development and/or expression of Judaism?
6

b) Explain ethical teaching in Judaism in one of the following areas:
6

* Bioethics; * Environment ethics; * Sexual ethics
2012 HSC Paper
Question 5 — Judaism (15 marks)

(a) (i) Briefly outline TWO ethical teachings in Judaism in ONE of the following areas:
4

* Bioethics; * Environment ethics; * Sexual ethics
(ii) How does ONE ethical teaching outlined in part (a) (i) influence the lives of adherents?
5

b) Analyse the significance for the individual of ONE significant practice drawn from the following:
6
* Death and mourning; * Marriage; * Synagogue Services
2011 HSC Paper
Question 5 — Judaism (15 marks)

(a) Describe ONE significant practice drawn from the following:
3

* Death and mourning; * Marriage; * Synagogue Services.
b) How does the practice chosen in part (a) express the beliefs of Judaism?
4

c)
Jewish practices are instruments for the expression of obedience to God's commandments
.
8

To what extant does this statement apply to the significance for the Jewish community of the practice chosen in part (a)?
2010 Trial Paper Question 2: Christianity
Question 2 - Christianity (20 marks)
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Question 2 - Christianity (20 marks)
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Question 2 - Christianity (20 marks)
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2012 HSC Question 2: Christianity
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TRIALS
HSC
Essay Questions on Judaism
Essay Questions on Christianity
2013 HSC Question 5: Judaism
Question 5 - Judaism (20 marks)

Discuss the relationship between at least TWO of the aspects shown in the diagram on p16 and the way they contribute to Judaism as a living religous tradition.
Significant
people
and ideas
Ethics
Significant
practices
2014 HSC Question 5: Judaism
Question 5 - Judaism (20 marks)
Do not be wise in words - be wise in deed.
Jewish proverb
How do ethical teachings in Judaism guide adherants to 'be wise in deeds'?
In your response, refer to ONE of the following:
*
Bioethics
; * Environmental ethics; Sexual Ethics
2012 Trial Paper Question 5: Judaism

Question 5 - Judaism (20 marks)
"Image showing symbols of 5 world religions connected to a road or path

With reference to the image above, discuss the expression of Judaism as a living religous system and assess its impact on the life of adherents.
CHRISTIANITY
JUDAISM
CHRISTIANITY
JUDAISM
ISLAM
SECTION
SECTION
SECTION
SECTION
2015 HSC Paper
Question 2 - CHRISTIANITY (15 Marks)

a) (i) From within ONE of the following areas, identify ONE ethical teaching AND its origin. (Bioethics or Environmental ethics or Sexual ethics) 2 . (ii) How does ethical teaching identified in part (a)(i) guide adherents to daily living? 5



b)
Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete a change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God - what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.
(Romans 12:2)
How is the 'will of God' portrayed by ONE significant person OR school of thought, other than Jesus?
Baptism; Marriage ceremony; Saturday Sunday worship.
8

2015 HSC Paper
Question 5 — Judaism (15 marks)

(a) (i) Identify TWO contributions made by ONE significant person or school of thought, other than Abraham or Moses, to the development of Judaism. 2
ii) Summarise the impact on Judaism of significant person OR school of thought chosen in part (a) (i).
5

(b)
God, your ways is holiness.

8
How does the above teaching influence the lives of adherents in ONE of the following areas? (Bioethics OR environmental ethics OR sexual ethics)

2012 Trial Paper Section IV - Religion and Peace

Attempt Question 1 (20 marks)

"Peace comes from being able to contribute the best we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are"
Hafsat Abiola

With reference to the quote, assess the contribution of TWO religious traditions to world peace.

2011 Trial Paper Section IV - Religion and Peace

Attempt Question 1 (20 marks)

"There is no way to Peace. Peace is the way."
A J Muste

With reference to the quotation, explain how ONE religious tradition guides an adherent in achieving inner peace.

2014 Trial Paper Section IV - Religion and Peace

Attempt Question 1 (20 marks)

"Peace is not something you wish for, it is something you make, something you are, something you do, and something you give away."

Robert Fulghum

To what extent does this statement reflect the distinctive response of TWO religious traditions to the issue of peace?

2013 Trial Paper Section IV - Religion and Peace

Attempt Question 1 (20 marks)

"The sacred texts of the major religious traditions were written in a time and place far removed from today. As such they lack relevance in the modern world."

To what extent does this statement reflect the relationship between sacred texts and inner peace in TWO religious traditions?


2016
Attempt Question 1 (20 marks)

"I do not want the peace which surpasses understanding. I want the understanding which brings peace."

Helen Keller

With reference to the statement above, discuss the effectiveness of ONE religious tradition in providing an understanding that leads to inner peace.
2010 HSC Paper Section IV - Religion and Peace

Attempt Question 1 (20 marks)

"Population caught up in war naturally want it to stop, they want to live in peace, governed by themselves, safe, secure and with the prospects of a better future."

GENERAL PETER COSGROVE, ACAM
Former Chief of the Australian Defence Force, 2009

With reference to the quotation, critically evaluate the distinctive response of TWO religious traditions to the issue and/or world peace.
2015 HSC Paper

Question 11 (5 marks)



In what ways has dispossession continued to affect Aboriginal Spiritualities?
2016 HSC Paper

Question 11 (5 marks)


'We must respect each other's right to choose a collective destiny, and the opportunity to develop the legal and political rights for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples so that we may enjoy the right to maintain our culture, our heritage and our land, as a united Australia'
DR JACKIE HUGGINS
Aboriginal Political Activist

With reference to the quotation, outline the importance of the Land Rights movement to Aboriginal Australians.
2015 CSA Trial Examination

Question 11 (5 marks)

Analyse the importance of the Dreaming for the Land Rights movement.
2016 CSA Trial Examination

Question 11 (5 marks)
Australia has been reshaped over many years by immigration. The table below presents recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics regarding the percentage of the resident population born overseas.










With reference to this table, discuss the importance of interfaith dialogue in multifaith Australia.
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