But the whole point is that you can't answer those sort of questions without specific coaching...
I feel that we should be preparing our students to answer these type of questions, and that there is nothing wrong with that, it is not as if we are doing it for them, as some subjects do (e.g. multiple choice in GCSE colouring in), students still need to demonstrate their contextual knowledge when saying how suprising.
I think that 'How typical . . ' would create more difficulty, as it would make it difficult to argue both sides, it would become more black and white; this is typical, this is not typical, whereas suprising is a little more wooly giving more scope for debate, and hence more opportunity to develop a unique argument?
I am not an official for OCR, thus I am just debating this to clarify it in my own head, therefore I may be talking rubbish.