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1 ADDITIONAL SPECIMEN MATERIAL GCSE RELIGIOUS STUDIES A Paper 2A Specimen 2018 Morning Time allowed: 1 hour 45 minutes Materials For this paper you must have: an AQA answer booklet. Instructions Use black ink or black ball-point pen. Write the information required on the front of your answer booklet. The examining body for this paper is AQA. The paper reference is 8062/2A. Do all rough work in the answer book. Cross through any work you do not want to be marked. Choose four themes. Answer all questions on those four themes you have chosen. Information The maximum mark for this paper is 96 plus 5 marks for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. The marks for questions are shown in brackets. Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) will be assessed in the 12 mark question. The marks for SPaG are shown below the mark allocation for each question. The best of these marks will be included in your total for the paper. Advice You are advised to spend 25 minutes on each theme. 8062/2A

2 2 You should answer all questions from FOUR themes. Theme A: Relationships and families Some religious believers have more than one wife. Which one of the following describes that practice? A) Sanctity B) Stability C) Monogamy D) Polygamy Give two religious beliefs about the use of contraception Explain two contrasting religious beliefs about same-sex parents. In your answer you must refer to one or more religious traditions Explain two religious beliefs about sexual relationships outside of marriage (adultery) Men and women do not have equal rights. may refer to non-religious arguments

3 3 Theme B: Religion and life Which one of the following means being gently and painlessly put to death? A) Stewardship B) Euthanasia C) Evolution D) Dominion Give two religious beliefs about pollution Explain two similar religious beliefs about the use of animals for food. In your answer, you must refer to one or more religious traditions Explain two religious beliefs about the afterlife Evolution proves that religious beliefs about the origins of life are wrong. may refer to non-religious arguments. Turn over

4 4 Theme C: The Existence of God and Revelation Which one of the following is an argument against the existence of God? A) Design B) Suffering C) Revelation D) Miracles Give two weaknesses of the First Cause argument for God s existence Explain two contrasting religious beliefs about scripture as a way of understanding the divine. In your answer you must refer to at least one religious tradition Explain two religious beliefs about the nature of the divine Those who claim to have special revelations are mistaken. may refer to non-religious arguments 8062/2A

5 5 Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict Which one of the following is not a reason for war? A) Self-defence B) Greed C) Retaliation D) Forgiveness Give two religious beliefs that show that violence is wrong Explain two similar religious beliefs about pacifism. In your answer you must refer to one or more religious traditions Explain two religious beliefs about justice There are no good reasons for countries to possess nuclear weapons. should refer to religious argument may refer to non-religious arguments Turn over

6 6 Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment Which one of the following is not a reason for crime? A) Poverty B) Sanctity of life C) Mental illness D) Greed Give two religious beliefs about forgiveness Explain two similar religious beliefs about people who break the law. In your answer you must refer to one or more religious traditions Explain two religious beliefs about the death penalty Reformation is the best aim of punishment. may refer to non-religious arguments. 8062/2A

7 7 Theme F: Religion, human rights and social justice Which one of the following is not a type of prejudice? A) Racism B) Sexism C) Alcoholism D) Ageism Give two religious beliefs about how women should be treated within religion Explain two similar religious beliefs about the freedom of religion and belief. In your answer you must refer to one or more religious traditions Explain two religious beliefs about the right use of wealth Those who live in poverty should help themselves to overcome their difficulties. may refer to non-religious arguments. should reach a justified conclusion END OF QUESTIONS Turn over

8 8 There are no questions printed on this page. 8062/2A

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