Academic English 2: Primary, Secondary And Tertiary Sources

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What’s the key difference between facts and opinions?

  • 2. 

    Is the following statement a fact or an opinion? Give reason to your answer. “Without doubt, feminism has made women unhappier now than they were before the second wave of feminism began in the 1960s”?

  • 3. 

    Is the following statement a fact or an opinion? Give reason to your answer. “Without doubt, feminism has made women unhappier now than they were before the second wave of feminism began in the 1960s”?

  • 4. 

    Is the following statement a fact or an opinion? Give reason to your answer.  In the United States, bullying in the schools has become an epidemic at all grade levels.

  • 5. 

    Is the following statement a fact or an opinion? Give reason to your answer. Thomas Jefferson issued repeated warnings against the dangers of a centralized government.

  • 6. 

    Is the following statement a fact or an opinion? Give reason to your answer. In 2009, the World Health Organization issued a statement saying that swine influenza had become a pandemic, meaning the virus could be quickly spread throughout the world.

  • 7. 

    List the characteristics of facts.

  • 8. 

    How do you ensure the quality of information gathered?

  • 9. 

    How can you judge the reliability of the information that you find on the internet?

  • 10. 

    Old newspapers is

    • A.

      Primary source

    • B.

      Secondary source

    • C.

      Tertiary source

    Correct Answer
    A. Primary source
    Explanation
    Old newspapers can be considered as primary sources because they provide firsthand accounts and information about the events and issues of the time they were published. They offer a direct glimpse into the past and can be valuable for historical research. These newspapers contain original reports, articles, and editorials that were created at the time the events occurred, making them a reliable and authentic source of information.

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  • 11. 

    Pages from a National Geography article about ancient Chinese artifacts is 

    • A.

      Primary source

    • B.

      Secondary source

    • C.

      Tertiary source

    Correct Answer
    B. Secondary source
    Explanation
    The given answer, "Secondary source," is correct because the pages from a National Geography article about ancient Chinese artifacts are not the original artifacts themselves, but rather a written account or interpretation of them. A secondary source provides information or analysis based on primary sources, which are the original artifacts or documents. In this case, the National Geography article would rely on primary sources such as archaeological findings or historical documents to present information about the ancient Chinese artifacts.

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  • 12. 

    Literary work is 

    • A.

      Primary source

    • B.

      Secondary source

    • C.

      Tertiary source

    Correct Answer
    A. Primary source
    Explanation
    A literary work can be considered a primary source because it is an original piece of writing created by the author themselves. It provides firsthand information and insights into the author's thoughts, ideas, and experiences. It is a direct representation of the author's intentions and can be analyzed and interpreted in its original form. Therefore, a literary work is considered a primary source for studying and understanding the author's perspective and the historical or cultural context in which it was created.

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  • 13. 

    Documentary is 

    • A.

      Primary source

    • B.

      Secondary source

    • C.

      Tertiary source

    Correct Answer
    B. Secondary source
    Explanation
    A documentary is considered a secondary source because it presents information that is based on primary sources, such as interviews, research, and other forms of evidence. The filmmakers gather and interpret this information to create a narrative or argument. While documentaries can provide valuable insights and analysis, they are not the original source of the information they present. Instead, they rely on primary sources to support their claims and provide evidence for their arguments. Therefore, documentaries are considered secondary sources in the realm of research and academic analysis.

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  • 14. 

    Reference book is 

    • A.

      Primary source

    • B.

      Secondary source

    • C.

      Tertiary source

    Correct Answer
    C. Tertiary source
    Explanation
    A tertiary source is a type of reference book that provides an overview or summary of information from primary and secondary sources. It is usually a compilation of information from multiple sources and is designed to provide a quick and easy reference for general knowledge or background information. Tertiary sources are often used as starting points for research or to gain a basic understanding of a topic before delving into more specific primary or secondary sources.

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  • 15. 

    Interview transcript is

    • A.

      Primary source

    • B.

      Secondary source

    • C.

      Tertiary source

    Correct Answer
    A. Primary source
    Explanation
    In the given interview transcript, the information provided is directly from the original source, which is the primary source. Primary sources are firsthand accounts or original documents that provide direct evidence or information about a particular event or topic. In this case, the interview transcript is considered a primary source as it contains direct information from the individuals involved in the interview.

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  • 16. 

    Journal Article is 

    • A.

      Primary source

    • B.

      Secondary source

    • C.

      Tertiary source

    Correct Answer
    B. Secondary source
    Explanation
    A journal article is considered a secondary source because it analyzes and interprets primary sources. It provides an author's perspective or viewpoint on a particular topic, often based on their research or analysis of primary sources. Primary sources, on the other hand, are original materials or firsthand accounts of an event or topic. While a journal article may cite or reference primary sources, it is not the original source of the information. Therefore, it is classified as a secondary source.

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  • 17. 

    Data is 

    • A.

      Primary source

    • B.

      Secondary source

    • C.

      Tertiary source

    Correct Answer
    A. Primary source
    Explanation
    A primary source refers to original data or information that is directly collected or observed from the source itself. This could include firsthand accounts, original documents, or raw data. In contrast, secondary sources are derived from primary sources and provide an interpretation or analysis of the original data. Tertiary sources are further removed from the original data and often consist of summaries or compilations of secondary sources. Therefore, based on this information, it can be concluded that data is considered a primary source.

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  • 18. 

    Primary sources are

    • A.

      First-hand

    • B.

      Scholarly

    • C.

      Not interpreted by anyone

    • D.

      From the event, phenomenon, or time-period being studied

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. First-hand
    B. Scholarly
    C. Not interpreted by anyone
    D. From the event, phenomenon, or time-period being studied
    Explanation
    Primary sources are considered to be first-hand, scholarly, not interpreted by anyone, and from the event, phenomenon, or time-period being studied. This means that primary sources provide direct evidence or firsthand accounts of the subject being studied, without any interpretation or analysis by others. They are typically created by individuals who directly witnessed or experienced the event or phenomenon, and are often original documents, artifacts, or records from the time period being studied. These sources are highly valued in research as they offer a direct glimpse into the subject matter and can provide valuable insights and evidence.

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  • 19. 

    Non-fiction book is

    • A.

      Primary source

    • B.

      Secondary source

    • C.

      Tertiary source

    Correct Answer
    B. Secondary source
    Explanation
    A non-fiction book is considered a secondary source because it provides an analysis or interpretation of primary sources, rather than being a direct account of an event or topic. While primary sources are original documents or firsthand accounts, secondary sources offer commentary, analysis, or synthesis of primary sources. Non-fiction books often gather information from various primary sources and provide a comprehensive overview or interpretation of a subject, making them valuable secondary sources for research or gaining a deeper understanding of a topic.

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  • 20. 

    Which of the following url ending would indicate the LOWEST level of research reliability?

    • A.

      .gov

    • B.

      .edu

    • C.

      .com

    • D.

      .org

    Correct Answer
    C. .com
    Explanation
    The .com ending indicates the lowest level of research reliability because it is a generic top-level domain (gTLD) that can be registered by anyone for commercial purposes. Unlike the other options, such as .gov (government), .edu (education), and .org (non-profit organizations), .com does not have specific criteria or restrictions for registration, making it more susceptible to potentially unreliable or biased information.

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  • 21. 

    What piece of information is MOST important to record about information you find on the internet?

    • A.

      Author

    • B.

      Title

    • C.

      Date Published and Date Assessed

    • D.

      URL

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    When recording information found on the internet, it is crucial to include all of the above pieces of information. The author provides credibility and helps determine the expertise and bias of the information. The title helps identify the specific content being referenced. The date published and date assessed indicate the currency and relevance of the information. Lastly, the URL allows for easy retrieval and verification of the source. Including all of these details ensures accurate citation and facilitates future research.

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  • 22. 

    If you are searching for information on drug abuse statistics in your county, what would be the best phrase to type into Google?

    • A.

      "What are drug abuse statistics in my county?"

    • B.

      "Wayne County Drug Abuse"

    • C.

      Drugz statisticks

    • D.

      Drug Abuse

    • E.

      "Drug Abuse Statistics Wayne County Georgia"

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. "What are drug abuse statistics in my county?"
    E. "Drug Abuse Statistics Wayne County Georgia"
    Explanation
    The best phrase to type into Google when searching for information on drug abuse statistics in your county would be "What are drug abuse statistics in my county?" or "Drug Abuse Statistics Wayne County Georgia." These phrases are specific and targeted, making it more likely to find the desired information. The other options are either too general or contain misspelled words, which could lead to inaccurate or irrelevant results.

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  • 23. 

    What is the best way to quickly check whether an author has used accurate facts in their article?

    • A.

      Make sure they have other internet sources listed.

    • B.

      Do a quick search to see if other articles say the same things.

    • C.

      Make sure they have many sources listed to support their work, and that their sources are reliable, non-internet sources.

    • D.

      Use common sense to decide if they sound professional enough to lie.

    • E.

      Do a Google search on the author to make sure that they graduated from college.

    Correct Answer
    C. Make sure they have many sources listed to support their work, and that their sources are reliable, non-internet sources.
    Explanation
    The best way to quickly check whether an author has used accurate facts in their article is to make sure they have many sources listed to support their work, and that their sources are reliable, non-internet sources. This is because having multiple sources and ensuring their reliability increases the credibility of the information presented in the article. Using non-internet sources also helps to avoid potential biases or inaccuracies that can be found online.

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  • 24. 

    Which of the following would NOT be a good reliable source on homelessness in the state of Georgia?

    • A.

      An Atlanta-Journal Constitution article on homelessness in Atlanta.

    • B.

      Resources from the Georgia Coalition to End Homelessness website.

    • C.

      "Homelessness in 2008 in Georgia" by Boake Moore from ezine.com.

    • D.

      The Wikipedia entry for "homelessness."

    • E.

      Information from the State Interagency Homeless Council page on the ga.gov website.

    Correct Answer
    D. The Wikipedia entry for "homelessness."
    Explanation
    The Wikipedia entry for "homelessness" would not be a good reliable source on homelessness in the state of Georgia because Wikipedia is a user-edited platform where anyone can contribute information, and the accuracy and reliability of the content cannot be guaranteed. It is always recommended to rely on more reputable and authoritative sources for accurate and reliable information.

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  • 25. 

    Which of the following sentences are opinions?

    • A.

      In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted to demote Pluto from a full-fledged planet to a “dwarf planet.”

    • B.

      No one under the age of thirty uses e-mail anymore; it’s too slow.

    • C.

      Inside Job, a movie about the financial meltdown of 2008, is a documentary that should be seen by everyone interested in knowing how such a disaster could happen.

    • D.

      In 2010, the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano spewed clouds of ash into the sky as high as 33,000 feet.

    • E.

      In 2010, Joao Silva, one of the most talented and respected photojournalists working in the world today, lost both of his legs when he stepped on a plastic land mine in Afghanistan. 

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. No one under the age of thirty uses e-mail anymore; it’s too slow.
    C. Inside Job, a movie about the financial meltdown of 2008, is a documentary that should be seen by everyone interested in knowing how such a disaster could happen.
    Explanation
    The sentence "No one under the age of thirty uses e-mail anymore; it's too slow" is an opinion because it expresses a subjective belief about a specific group of people and their behavior. Similarly, the sentence "Inside Job, a movie about the financial meltdown of 2008, is a documentary that should be seen by everyone interested in knowing how such a disaster could happen" is also an opinion as it presents a personal recommendation and belief about the value of the movie.

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