Historical Timelines: Strategies for Interpretation


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Historical periods are categorized based on:

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1. Which can be thought of as a map of history?

2. Which is the total environment in which historical events take place?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Historical timelines are a useful way of understanding historical periods and events, but they're not much use if you don't know how to interpret them! Review this online assessment for helpful questions that will reinforce your understanding of how to read historical timelines. The quiz questions center around issues such as the content of historical timelines, their specific elements and how to interpret these elements.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Read through these questions to test yourself on:

  • The categorization of historical periods
  • The environment in which historical events occur
  • Historical notation
  • How history can be understood

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - check your recollection of the various elements of history that appear in historical timelines and how they are represented
  • Critical thinking - apply the concepts you have learned in relation to historical timelines to identify specific notations used in them
  • Interpreting information - use the assessment questions to test your ability to interpret the specific aspects of historical timelines in terms of what they mean and how they are used to elucidate historical events

Additional Learning

More information on this subject can be found in the corresponding lesson called Historical Timelines: Strategies for Interpretation. Here, you will learn about:

  • Representing history
  • B.C. and A.D.
  • Historical events and periods
  • The elements of historical timelines