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Reflection questions

1. How do we know what we know about the past?

a. We know what we know about the past based on many letters, books,
newspapers and other personal accounts that people have recorded and stored
away to ensure that future generations can get a glimpse of what happened back
2. How complete is our knowledge on the past?
a. Our knowledge on the past is accurate up to a certain point. History dating way
back around B.C is somewhat accurate there are some things that may be
inaccurate and some bits of information that may be missing.
3. In assessing historical document, what kinds of critical questions need to be asked
and researched to better determine the validity of the information/idea/opinions
contained in the document?
a. To better ask question most writers that I know of use two sources. Primary and
secondary sources. An individual experiences lived. One's own frame of
4. How can understanding the context (in other words, what is going on at the time that
the documents are created) help us to better understand and interpret the documents?
a. Understanding the contexts is really important in understanding the documents
because if you dont understand the documents you can make a critical error in
interrupting the documents. Which in return can be passed on from one person to
another believing in something that is incorrect and that is how mis information
5. What kinds of evidence do they offer?
a. A lot of documents offer evidence such as letters, reports, tools, etc. There can
be a wide range of evidence. It is up to the historian to interrupt what the
evidence means. Just like CSI.
6. Which types of evidence are more convincing and trustworthy and why?
a. I would say evidence that have an extensive amount of detail and different types
of evidence. I would say written documents and official letters and documents.
7. What do these documents teach us about how the past is constructed and
a. These documents teach us that it can take up to many many letters and books to
really construct and grasp an understanding and an accurate account of what

1. Explain how this assignment has expanded and made more complex your
understanding and approach to the study of history? How does your own historical
context affect your response to the previous question?
a. The document assignments helped me to understand that sometimes history
really does repeat itself. How the things that we should of learnt from, we end up
slowly, but surely end up doing over again.
2. What other historical events that you have studied or are interested in might need
revision in terms of how they are represented to students? Why do you think this for
those topics/events? How does your own historical context affect your response to the
previous question?
a. Many history events that Im interested in and have done a little bit of studying in
is the World Wars.
3. How could your experience working on this paper be applied in other contexts
(personal, political, professional, academic, and or a combination of all four)? Be
a. My experience on working on this paper can be applied in the political aspects of
things. For example it helped to look at all sides of things, such as candidates,
and to do a lot of research on all candidate and look back in the past of any
resemblance to past political candidates. To look at how things were done with
their political speeches and approaches to getting elected.