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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme sample questions

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Sample questions on IB Diploma Programme exams

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Compare and contrast the reasons for, and impact of, foreign involvement in two of the following: Russian Civil War; Spanish Civil War; Chinese Civil War.


“Some works of literature are universal and timeless; others seem specific to one place and/or time.” In what ways do two or three works in your study explore this range of possibilities?


The effect of some drugs used to treat cancer ­depends on geometrical isomerism. One successful anticancer drug is cisplatin, whose formula is PtCl2(NH3)2. Describe the structure of cisplatin by referring to the following: the meaning of the term geometrical isomerism as applied to cisplatin; ­diagrams to show the structure of cisplatin and its geometrical isomer; the types of bonding in ­cisplatin.

SOURCE: Sample exam papers, 2004-2005,

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