Ethiopian Hagiographical and Chronical Traditions Quiz
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Ethiopian Hagiographical and Chronical Traditions Quiz

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What is the term history derived from?

The term history is derived from the Greek word Istoria, meaning 'inquiry'.

How can history be defined academically?

Academically, history can be defined as an organized and systematic study of the past.

What is the major concern of history?

The major concern of history is the study of human society and its interaction with the natural environment.

What differentiates history from other disciplines?

<p>History deals with the past, while other disciplines deal with the present.</p> Signup and view all the answers

How do historians organize and divide the human past?

<p>Historians organize and divide the human past into separate periods after identifying significant developments in politics, society, economy, culture, environment, etc.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Who is known as the ancient Greek historian who first used the term history?

<p>The ancient Greek historian who first used the term history is Herodotus (c. 484–425 B.C.E.).</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the main difference between historians and propagandists?

<p>Historians rely on evidence from sources, while propagandists do not.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Define primary sources in historical study.

<p>Primary sources are original, firsthand materials in close proximity to the event, such as handwritten documents, diaries, and photographs.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What are secondary sources in historical study?

<p>Secondary sources are second-hand published accounts that interpret past events based on primary sources.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Explain the significance of oral data in historical research.

<p>Oral data is valuable for studying non-literate societies, filling gaps, and corroborating written records.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why is it important for historians to have access to a variety of sources?

<p>Access to multiple sources allows historians to form comprehensive and accurate historical interpretations.</p> Signup and view all the answers

How do new historical interpretations arise?

<p>New historical interpretations are made possible by the discovery of new sources.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What significant development occurred in Ethiopian historiography during the 1960s?

<p>History emerged as an academic discipline and historical studies became a full-time occupation.</p> Signup and view all the answers

When was the Department of History established at Haile Selassie I University (HSIU)?

<p>In the 1960s.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What post-colonial phenomenon occurred in the Horn of Africa regarding the professionalization of history?

<p>Professionalization of history in other parts of the Horn is a post-colonial phenomenon.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the geographical scope of the term 'Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa'?

<p>Northeast Africa, containing Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Describe the major physiographic features of the Horn of Africa region.

<p>Massive highland complex of mountains and plateaus divided by the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by lowlands, semi-desert, deserts, and tropical forests.</p> Signup and view all the answers

How would you characterize the diversity of the people in the Horn of Africa region?

<p>Remarkably diverse, with interactions throughout history from various locations.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the name of the earliest surviving document of the Ethiopian chronicles?

<p>Glorious Victories of Amde-Tsion</p> Signup and view all the answers

What kind of information can be found in the Ethiopian chronicles regarding the monarchs?

<p>Legends, facts about genealogy, upbringing, military exploits, devotion, and statesmanship</p> Signup and view all the answers

In what language did the Ethiopian chronicles first appear?

<p>Ge'ez</p> Signup and view all the answers

What type of historical events are mainly explained in the Ethiopian chronicles?

<p>Religious terms</p> Signup and view all the answers

What information can be found in the chronicles regarding social and economic developments?

<p>Little to none</p> Signup and view all the answers

What kind of trade and cultural information did Arabic-speaking visitors provide about the East African coast?

<p>Culture, language, import-export trade</p> Signup and view all the answers

What are the five principal drainage systems in Ethiopia and the Horn region?

<p>A. The Nile River B. Gibe/Omo–Gojeb C. Genale/Jubba-Shebele D. The Awash River E. The Ethiopian Rift Valley Lake systems</p> Signup and view all the answers

How has the geography of Ethiopia and the Horn region influenced its history?

<p>The geography has facilitated contacts with other regions through commerce, movements, wars, and colonialism.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which bodies of water have historically linked Northeast Africa to other regions?

<p>The Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden have linked Northeast Africa to the Eastern Mediterranean, the Near and Middle East, India, and the Far East.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What role does the Indian Ocean play in connecting East Africa to other regions?

<p>The Indian Ocean has linked East Africa to the Near and Middle East, India, and the Far East.</p> Signup and view all the answers

How does the drainage system of the Awash River impact the region?

<p>The Awash River links the cool rich highlands of Central Ethiopia with the hot, dry lowlands.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the significance of the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lake systems in the region?

<p>The Ethiopian Rift Valley Lake systems form a self-contained drainage basin that includes lakes stretching from Lake Ziway to Lake Turkana.</p> Signup and view all the answers

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