Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives


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Which of the following could be a clue that a coin is faulty or a fake?

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1. Heinrich Schliemann used his knowledge of Homer to find which ancient site?

2. Which of the following is an example of changing styles that help historians determine where in time (or place) a particular item belongs?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Historians have to consider new artifacts and narratives carefully and critically, because not everything is what it seems. Use this interactive quiz and worksheet to see how much you know about how to evaluate historical documents and narratives.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on:

  • Clues that might indicate an artifact is a fake
  • Authentic historical detective work that helped locate a real historical site
  • Information about periods in history that offers reliable clues about the authenticity of artifacts
  • Ability to evaluate examples of narratives and documents for authenticity

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge gained about the Tanaka Memorial
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most significant information from the related history lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to practice evaluating historical documents and narratives

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson titled Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives. The objectives addressed include:

  • Know how to evaluate dates, pottery, and money
  • Understand how historians use fashions to check whether something is fake
  • Know how historians can spot suspicious information in text-based artifacts
  • Recognize common clues that indicate a narrative, document, or artifact is a fake
  • Analyze examples of historical fakes and authentic narratives