Alternate Interpretations of History


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Which school of interpretive thought was popular in the 1940s and 1950s emphasizes themes of American continuity and unity?

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1. Which school of interpretative thought perceives all history as ultimately class struggle, or a conflict between the haves and have-nots?

2. The process by which a historian formulates interpretations and constructs history is called:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

History must be written, and everyone who writes it may come up with a different view of why events happen. Test your understanding of several major schools of interpretive thought and the way the schools themselves are studied.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following questions will help review your knowledge of:

  • Several prominent schools of interpretive thought
  • The process historians use to interpret and construct history
  • The study of different historical interpretations over time

Skills Practiced

Use this quiz and worksheet to test your skills of:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure you draw the key schools and methods from the reading and apply them
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can identify and define major schools of thought and the way they are studied
  • Distinguishing differences - recognize the differences between various schools of thought and when they were formed

Additional Learning

Find out more about how history is interpreted and major schools of interpretive thought in the lesson titled Alternate Interpretations of History. More in depth information will be presented, such as:

  • Examples of different views on the same event
  • How some major historians supported or rejected different schools
  • The reasons behind accepting or rejecting certain schools' interpretations