Primary V. Secondary Source Pre-assessment

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Primary V. Secondary Source Pre-assessment - Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is a primary source?

    • 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 directly witnessed or experienced it. This could include firsthand accounts, diaries, letters, photographs, or original documents. Primary sources are considered valuable for historical research as they provide direct evidence and insights into the event or time period being studied.

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  • 2. 

    What is a secondary source?

    • 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 taken place by someone who was not present at the event. This means that the information provided in a secondary source is based on the interpretation and analysis of primary sources or other secondary sources. Secondary sources are often used in research to provide additional perspectives and insights into an event or topic.

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  • 3. 

    Check all below which are primary sources.

    • A.

      Encyclopedia

    • B.

      Magazine article

    • C.

      Photograph

    • D.

      Diary

    • E.

      Textbook

    • F.

      Museum artifact

    • G.

      Review of a book

    Correct Answer(s)
    C. Photograph
    D. Diary
    F. Museum artifact
    Explanation
    Primary sources are original materials that provide firsthand evidence or direct information about a topic or event. They are created at the time of the event or by someone who directly experienced it. In this case, a photograph, diary, and museum artifact are all examples of primary sources as they are original documents or objects that were created or used during the time period being studied.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following is a secondary source?

    • 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 a comprehensive overview of the topic. It is created by someone who did not directly experience the events and is based on research and other secondary 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 statement is false because when researching, it is important to always cite your sources and give credit to the original authors or creators of the information. This is not only a matter of academic integrity, but also allows others to verify and build upon the information you have found. Failing to acknowledge your sources can lead to plagiarism and can undermine the credibility of your research.

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