How to Analyze Historical Documents & Narratives


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Which of these is an example of a novel approach in a source for a historian?

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1. Which of these is an example of a source lacking authority?

2. Which of these is an example of a source lacking relevance?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you develop an understanding of how to analyze historical narratives and documents. This comes down to the thorough examination of sources, which is the main focus of the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on your knowledge of:

  • Novel approaches in a source for a historian
  • The authority of a source
  • Relevance of sources
  • Authenticity of sources

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the veracity of historical documents and narratives in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding a historical event and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define words such as authenticity, authority, and relevance as they apply to sources
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the accuracy of the document or narrative

Additional Learning

To review the concepts involved in the examination of historical papers, read through the lesson How to Analyze Historical Documents & Narratives. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Establish the type of questions you must ask each source
  • Pose questions that establish the authenticity of a source
  • Investigate the relevance of a source
  • Determine the trustworthiness of a source
  • Examine sources from a novel or new perspective