In Singapore we have structured essays in history and social studies. If I paraphrased the whole tested chapter in the textbook, I would only get 4/12.
source based questions are worse. When they ask you for X, you have to give them X Y and Z, and phrased in the exact way they want, in the right order, and even if you do, they can find something wrong with it, unless it's almost an exact copy of the answer sheet. Somehow, I can never get that because i keep using synonyms.