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Sand Creek Lesson:Test Question


On 29 November 1864 an attack by US troops on a southern Cheyenne village took place.

a. Briefly describe what happened. (4 marks)

b. Explain why this has been called a massacre. (6 marks)

c. Who was to blame for this massacre? (10 marks)

Points to watch:

a. Briefly describe what happened. (4 marks)

Underline the key word
Try to include the main points using key questions like:
Who took part. Which sides and who led them,
Where it took place and When.


b. Explain why this has been called a massacre. (6 marks)

Underline the key words.
Identify evidence to support your answer.
Explain reasons with the word because or a similar word.

c. Who was to blame for this massacre? (10 marks)

Underline the key words.
Historians try not to give one answer but to cover different possibilities. They call this balance.
You need to identify reasons why the massacre took place and explain how they helped to make it happen.




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