Test Your Learning - Part 1: Primary And Secondary Sources

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Test Your Learning - Part 1: Primary And Secondary Sources - Quiz


For the next five questions, indicate whether the source listed is a primary or secondary source of information.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The Diary of Anne Frank

    • A.

      Primary

    • B.

      Secondary

    Correct Answer
    A. Primary
    Explanation
    The Diary of Anne Frank is considered a primary source because it is a firsthand account written by Anne Frank herself. It provides a personal and intimate perspective on the experiences of a Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis during World War II. As a primary source, it offers valuable insights into the thoughts, emotions, and daily life of Anne Frank and the other individuals in hiding with her. It is an authentic and unfiltered record of historical events, making it a crucial resource for understanding the Holocaust and its impact on individuals.

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  • 2. 

    A letter from someone who attended the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

    • A.

      Primary

    • B.

      Secondary

    Correct Answer
    A. Primary
    Explanation
    The letter from someone who attended the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is considered a primary source because it is a firsthand account of the event. The person who wrote the letter was present at the Olympics and is sharing their personal experiences and observations. This makes it a valuable source for researchers or historians studying the 2014 Winter Olympics, as it provides direct insight into what it was like to attend the event.

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  • 3. 

    A history textbook

    • A.

      Primary

    • B.

      Secondary

    Correct Answer
    B. Secondary
    Explanation
    A history textbook can be classified as a secondary source. Secondary sources are created after an event has occurred and provide analysis or interpretation of primary sources. In the case of a history textbook, it gathers information from various primary sources such as documents, letters, or diaries, and presents a synthesized account of historical events. Therefore, a history textbook is considered a secondary source of information.

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  • 4. 

    A Wayne Gretzky biography

    • A.

      Primary

    • B.

      Secondary

    Correct Answer
    B. Secondary
    Explanation
    This suggests that the given text is about a Wayne Gretzky biography, and the question is asking whether it is a primary or secondary source. Since a biography is typically written by someone who is not the subject of the biography, it is considered a secondary source. Primary sources are usually firsthand accounts or original documents created by the person being studied.

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  • 5. 

    Census Statistics

    • A.

      Primary

    • B.

      Secondary

    Correct Answer
    A. Primary
    Explanation
    The given answer "Primary" is the correct answer because the term "Census Statistics" refers to the initial or raw data collected during a census. Primary data is the original data collected firsthand from the source, in this case, from individuals or households during the census process. Secondary data, on the other hand, refers to data that has been collected, processed, and analyzed by someone else or from other sources. Therefore, in the context of census statistics, the primary data collected directly from the population is the most appropriate answer.

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