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1 PAST PAPER QUESTIONS RELIGION AND COMMUNITY COHESION UNIT 1 : SECTION 4 1

2 2014 Question 7 (a) What is meant by racial harmony? (2) (b) Do you think problems are caused because society is multi-ethnic? * (c) Explain the benefits of living in a multi-faith society. (8) (d) Men and women are treated equally in the UK today. (i) Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion. (3) (ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you. (3) (Total for Question 7 = 20 marks) 2014 Question 8 (a) What is meant by religious pluralism? (2) (b) Do you think women should have different religious rights to men in Christianity? * (c) Choose one religion other than Christianity and explain why its followers should encourage racial harmony. (8) (d) Government laws lead to community cohesion. (i) Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion. (3) (ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you. (3) (Total for Question 8 = 20 marks) 2

3 2013 Question 7 (a) What is meant by sexism? (2) (b) Do you think multi-faith societies cause problems for religious families? * (c) Explain how religions work to promote community cohesion. (8) (d) Racial harmony is possible in the UK. (i) Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion. (3) (ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you. (3) (Total for Question 7 = 20 marks) 2013 Question 8 (a) What is meant by interfaith marriages? (2) (b) Do you think religious people should try to convert other people to their religion? * (c) Choose one religion other than Christianity, and explain why some of its followers support equal rights for women in religion. (8) (d) Religious people can achieve community cohesion. (i) Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion. (3) (ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you. (3) (Total for Question 8 = 20 marks) 3

4 2012 Question 7 (a) What is meant by community cohesion? (2) (b) Do you think that living in a multi-ethnic society helps to reduce racism? *(c) Explain why some Christians allow women equal rights in religion. (8) (d) Everyone should accept interfaith marriages. In your answer you should refer to at least one religion other than Christianity. (i) Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion. (3) (ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you. (3) (Total for Question 7 = 20 marks) 2012 Question 8 (a) What is meant by prejudice? (2) (b) Do you think attitudes to the roles of men and women have changed in the UK? *(c) Explain how an issue arising from this section (religion and community cohesion) was presented in one form of the media. (8) (d) Multi-faith societies cause problems for religious families. (i) Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion. (3) (ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you. (3) (Total for Question 8 = 20 marks) 4

5 2011 Question 7 (a) What is meant by discrimination? (2) (b) Do you think that women should have the same religious rights as men? *(c) Explain why the government encourages community cohesion. (8) (d) All religious people should try to convert others to their religion. (i) Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion. (3) (ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you. (3) (Total for Question 7 = 20 marks) 2011 Question 8 (a) What is religious freedom? (2) (b) Do you think living in a multi-faith society causes problems for religious people? *(c) Explain why Christians should promote racial harmony. (8) (d) Men and women are still not treated equally in the UK. (i) Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion. (3) (ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you. (3) (Total for Question 8 = 20 marks) 5

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7 PAST PAPER ANSWERS RELIGON AND COMMUNITY COHESION UNIT 1 : SECTION 4 7

8 2014 Question 7 (a) What is meant by racial harmony? (2) Different races/ colours living together happily people of many nationalities living together peacefully when people of different races live in a harmonious way (b) Do you think problems are caused because society is multi-ethnic? Answers which think problems are caused because society is multi-ethnic are likely to use such reasons as: there may be intolerance people might not understand the cultures and ways of different races people might feel alienated by different ethnic groups Answers which do not think problems are caused because society is multi-ethnic are likely to use such reasons as: it creates greater tolerance it helps people learn about different ethnic groups it can bring different ideas and lifestyles into society * (c) Explain the benefits of living in a multi-faith society. (8) The main benefits include: it can increase tolerance of different faiths people can enjoy the religious celebrations of others it can help a person decide what faith they want to be it can make a person view their own religion more seriously it can introduce new ideas into faiths 8

9 (d) Men and women are treated equally in the UK today. Reasons for supporting this statement could be: legally men and women must be paid equally for the same work politically men and women are equal men and women can be priests in the Church of England Reasons for not supporting this statement could be: many religions do not allow men and women the same roles within their religion many more men hold positions of power women are more likely to look after the children than men are 2014 Question 8 (a) What is meant by religious pluralism? (2) Accepting all religions as having an equal right to coexist the peaceful existence of multiple religions in a society numerous religious groups coexisting in one society the belief that all religions lead to God (b) Do you think women should have different religious rights to men in Christianity? Answers which think women should have different religious rights to men in Christianity are likely to use such reasons as: they were created to be different Jesus chose only men to be apostles St Paul said they should be silent in church Answers which do not think women should have different religious rights to men in Christianity are likely to use such reasons as: God created both male and female in his image St Paul said all are one in Jesus Christ the early Church had female leaders 9

10 * (c) Choose one religion other than Christianity and explain why its followers should encourage racial harmony. (8) Islam The main Muslim reasons include: The Qur an shows all people were created equal Muhammad said all people are from Adam and Eve discrimination for any reason is wrong people are equal as teeth on a comb Other approaches are possible and must be marked according to the levels. If you are unsure of the validity of an answer, it must be sent to review. (d) Government laws lead to community cohesion. Reasons for supporting this statement could be: everyone must obey laws against discrimination everyone should be educated about community cohesion the law encourages equality Reasons for not supporting this statement could be: prejudice and discrimination are too strong for laws to overcome there are too many faiths and races, it is impossible for them all to get along in the past religious people have been persecuted as a result of government 2013 Question 7 (a) What is meant by sexism? (2) Discriminating against people because of their gender (being male or female) treating people badly because of their sex 10

11 (b) Do you think multi-faith societies cause problems for religious families? Answers which think multi-faith societies cause problems for religious families are likely to use such reasons as: children may be confused the parents might be of different faiths the children may wish to convert Answers which do not think multi-faith societies cause problems for religious families are likely to use such reasons as: all religions are taught as equal such societies value religion it creates greater tolerance * (c) Explain how religions work to promote community cohesion. (8) The main ways include: they set up multi-faith groups they hold joint services they invite each other to their festivals religious charities help all people some religions set up centres to help people (d) Racial harmony is possible in the UK. Reasons for supporting this statement could be: racism can be overcome by making the law more effective schools now have to teach about cohesion all religions teach against prejudice Reasons for not supporting this statement could be: people will pass on their prejudices to their children prejudice is natural the people making the rules in the UK are, on the whole, white and so rules are prejudiced against minorities 11

12 2013 Question 8 (a) What is meant by interfaith marriages? (2) marriage where the husband and wife are from different religions marriage between partners of different religions people marrying when they are different faiths to each other (b) Do you think religious people should try to convert other people to their religion? Answers which think religious people should try to convert other people to their religion are likely to use such reasons as: they want others to follow the correct faith it will help people achieve salvation it is part of some religious teaching to try to convert others Answers which do not think religious people should try to convert other people to their religion are likely to use such reasons as: people should be allowed to believe whatever they want it shows a lack of respect towards another s beliefs Christianity allows religious freedom * (c) Choose one religion other than Christianity, and explain why some of its followers support equal rights for women in religion. (8) Islam The main Muslim reasons include: women have equal rights in society the Qur an shows men and women were created equal historically there have been women religious leaders the Qur an says that women should have rights reciprocal to their husbands 12

13 (d) Religious people can achieve community cohesion. Reasons for supporting this statement could be: all religions teach against prejudice and discrimination if everyone showed love for their neighbour then community cohesion could be achieved if all religious followers taught against prejudice then communities would be joined together Reasons for not supporting this statement could be: prejudice and discrimination are too strong for religion to overcome religious people do not hold positions of power to help achieve cohesion there are too many faiths, which is divisive 2012 Question 7 (a) What is meant by community cohesion? (2) A common vision and shared sense of belonging for all groups in a society The aspect of bonding and togetherness exhibited by races and religions in a community A society where different groups of people get on well with each other (b) Do you think that living in a multi-ethnic society helps to reduce racism? Answers which think that living in a multi-ethnic society helps to reduce racism are likely to use such reasons as: A multi-ethnic society give people the opportunity to become educated about different cultures Mixing with people of other races means people are more likely to understand each other Children raised in a multi ethnic society will not be aware of racial differences 13

14 Answers which do not think that living in a multi-ethnic society helps to reduce racism are likely to use such reasons as: Different races have different cultures which can cause friction Different ethnic groups have different expectations which can be difficult to live with and can lead to racism The UK is multi-ethnic and there is still racism *(c) Explain why some Christians allow women equal rights in religion. (8) The main reasons include: Some Christians believe that as society has changed, the Church must also change Some Christians teach that biblical evidence shows men and women as equal Some Christians believe that women were accepted as equals in the early Church and so should be today Some Christians think that Jesus treated women as equal and so should Christians today Some Christians believe that to treat men and women differently in religion is discrimination and is wrong (d) Everyone should accept interfaith marriages. In your answer you should refer to at least one religion other than Christianity. Islam Reasons for supporting this statement could be: It could reduce conflict The partner s love for each other is more important than faith Faith can be enriched by discussing differences with each other Reasons for not supporting this statement could be: Muslims are taught it is their duty to bring up children as good Muslims, this is easier in a single faith marriage It might cause conflict within families Different beliefs might result in confusion for the children 14

15 2012 Question 8 (a) What is meant by prejudice? (2) Believing some people are inferior or superior without even knowing them / A preconceived preference or idea / An opinion formed without full examination of the facts / Judging someone before you ve met them (b) Do you think attitudes to the roles of men and women have changed in the UK? Answers which think attitudes to the roles that men and women have changed in the UK are likely to use such reasons as: Women are encouraged to have careers It is more acceptable for men to be house husbands Men are no longer seen as the sole provider Answers which do not think attitudes to the roles that men and women have changed in the UK are likely to use such reasons as: Women are still expected to perform traditionally female jobs Women are still expected to be the main child carer in families Some Christians do not think women should be ministers/priests *(c) Explain how an issue arising from this section (religion and community cohesion) was presented in one form of the media. (8) Possible ways include: A television programme might discuss an issue such as community cohesion A film might show the issue of racism by portraying how a community might not work together A radio programme that shows religious characters working for community cohesion might show that communities can work together The national press might show community unrest and make a person think that community cohesion is not possible Only one issue can be credited in this question. Only one form of media eg Film can be credited in this question. An answer which does not refer to identifiable examples of how the issue is presented cannot go beyond level 2. 15

16 (d) Multi-faith societies cause problems for religious families. Reasons for supporting this statement could be: Children will see lots of faiths and might become confused Children might think that their family's faith is not as exciting as someone else's Parents might be from different faiths and this will make deciding how to bring up a child difficult Reasons for not supporting this statement could be: Raising children is done in the home and not affected by society A multi-faith society provides opportunities for discussion about faith which helps raise children Some Christians teach all religions are equal ways to God 2011 Question 7 (a) What is meant by discrimination? (2) Treating people less favourably because of their ethnicity/ gender/colour/ sexuality / age / class Unfair treatment of a group or person based on prejudice Treating one group of people less favourably than others Putting prejudice into practice 16

17 (b) Do you think that women should have the same religious rights as men? Answers which think that that women should have the same religious rights as men are likely to use such reasons as: Women have equal rights in society The Bible shows men and women were created equal Early Christian churches had women leaders Answers which do not think that that women should have the same religious rights as men are likely to use such reasons as: Women are different and should therefore have different rights Traditionally men and women have had different religious rights Jesus only chose male apostles *(c) Explain why the government encourages community cohesion. (8) The main reasons include: The government has the duty to ensure that all people are treated equally Without community cohesion there will be division and conflict If the government does not act it could cause social discrimination The government alone has the power to work with different pressure and religious groups The government is able to introduce laws and policies to promote community cohesion 17

18 (d) All religious people should try to convert others to their religion. Reasons for supporting this statement could be: Christians should try and help others achieve salvation Some religious people are taught it is their duty to convert others Some religious people believe theirs is the only true religion Reasons for not supporting this statement could be: It could cause conflict No one should try and force another person to believe in a certain faith Faith is a personal matter 2011 Question 8 (a) What is religious freedom? (2) The right to practise your religion and change your religion Being able to practise your religion Being able to change/choose your religion Worshipping freely (b) Do you think living in a multi-faith society causes problems for religious people? Answers which think that living in a multi-faith society causes problems for religious people are likely to use such reasons as: Interfaith marriages can cause problems within religious families People might feel confused by all the different faiths People might try and convert you to their religion Answers which do not think that living in multi-faith society causes problems for religious people are likely to use such reasons as: People can learn about other faiths A multi-faith society provides opportunities for conversion A multi-faith society allows religious freedom 18

19 *(c) Explain why Christians should promote racial harmony. (8) The main reasons include: Genesis teaches all people are created equally St Paul taught that all people are equal Jesus healed the Roman Centurion s servant The parable of the Good Samaritan shows that all people are neighbours to one another (d) Men and women are still not treated equally in the UK. Reasons for supporting this statement could be: Many religions do not allow men and women the same positions within religion Many more men hold positions of power Women are more likely to stay at home to look after children than men are Reasons for not supporting this statement could be: Legally men and women must be paid equally for the same work Politically men and women are equal Men and women can be priests in the Church of England 19

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