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Primary And Secondary Sources Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 

    What is a primary source? (multiple choice)

    • A.

      A source used often

    • B.

      A source found in an important book like an encyclopedia

    • C.

      A source created at the time of an event by an individual who was there

    • D.

      A source created after an event has happened

    Correct Answer
    C. A source created at the time of an event by an individual who was there
    Explanation
    A primary source refers to a source that was created during the time of an event by someone who witnessed or experienced it firsthand. It provides direct evidence or firsthand accounts of the event, making it a valuable and reliable resource for historical research.

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  • 2. 

    What is a secondary source? (multiple choices)

    • A.

      A source which is someone's second choice to use for research

    • B.

      A source created after an event has happened by someone not present at the event

    • C.

      A second piece of information written about an event

    • D.

      A source created at the time of an event

    Correct Answer
    B. A source created after an event has happened by someone not present at the event
    Explanation
    A secondary source is a type of source that is created after an event has occurred by someone who was not present at the event. This means that the information provided in the source is based on the interpretation and analysis of primary sources or other secondary sources. Secondary sources often provide commentary, analysis, or evaluation of the event, rather than firsthand information. They can include books, articles, documentaries, and other forms of media that discuss or analyze the event from a perspective removed from the actual occurrence.

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  • 3. 

    Check all below which are primary sources.

    • A.

      Encyclopedia article

    • B.

      Diary

    • C.

      Photograph

    • D.

      Magazine article

    • E.

      Textbook

    • F.

      Museum artifact

    • G.

      Interview

    • H.

      Historical document

    • I.

      Review of a book

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Diary
    C. Photograph
    F. Museum artifact
    G. Interview
    H. Historical document
    Explanation
    The primary sources are original, firsthand accounts or evidence of an event or topic. A diary is a personal record written by an individual at the time of the events, making it a primary source. A photograph captures a moment in time and can provide direct evidence, thus also being a primary source. A museum artifact is an object from the past that can provide direct information about a specific time period, making it a primary source. An interview is a direct conversation with someone who has firsthand knowledge or experience, making it a primary source. A historical document is an original record or manuscript from the past, providing direct evidence and making it a primary source.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following is a secondary source? (multiple choice)

    • A.

      A textbook chapter on World War II and its famous battles

    • B.

      Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech

    • C.

      A photograph of an immigrant family arriving at Ellis Island

    • D.

      A journal kept by a soldier during the American Revolution

    Correct Answer
    A. A textbook chapter on World War II and its famous battles
    Explanation
    A textbook chapter on World War II and its famous battles is considered a secondary source because it is a written account that analyzes and interprets primary sources, such as documents, photographs, and personal accounts, to provide an overview and understanding of the historical event. It is created after the event has occurred and provides a synthesis of information from various primary sources.

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  • 5. 

    When researching, you do not have to say where you got your information from.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is false because when researching, it is important to provide proper citations and acknowledge the sources from where you obtained the information. This is essential for academic integrity and to give credit to the original authors or researchers. Failing to cite sources can lead to plagiarism and can undermine the credibility of the research.

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  • 6. 

    Tell anything else you know about primary and secondary sources and/or researching the internet for these types of resources.

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