Social Science is Born: History, Anthropology, Sociology and Archaeology


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Who was the pioneer of the field of Sociology?

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1. How did European colonialism factor into the increased interest in studying humanity, its growth and characteristics?

2. How did Leopold von Ranke initiate the shift of history techniques from a subject close to literature to a scientific discipline in the 19th century?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of the origins of social science. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the growth and evolution of social sciences.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • 19th century changes in the discipline of history
  • Objectivity in the study of history
  • Acceptance of archaeology
  • Goals of anthropology
  • Origin of sociology

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the origins of social sciences
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the field of archaeology
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as archaeology and anthropology
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the objectivity of historical study

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Social Science is Born: History, Anthropology, Sociology, and Archaeology. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the growth of social sciences
  • Understand the purpose of studying history
  • Identify the role of archaeology
  • Define anthropology and its purpose
  • Recognize the focus of sociology