History Quiz: Past Events and Historical Sources

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Define history and its components mentioned in the text.

History is the systematic study and documentation of the human past. It comprises past events, memory, discovery, collection, organization, presentation, and interpretation of events.

What sources do historians use to seek knowledge of the past?

Historians use historical sources such as written documents, oral accounts, art and material artifacts, and ecological markers to seek knowledge of the past.

What is the difference between history and myth according to the text?

History is supported by verifiable evidence, while myth is not supported by external sources and is usually classified as cultural heritage or legends.

What is considered as prehistory, according to the text?

The period of events before the invention of writing systems is considered prehistory.

How does history as an academic discipline seek to analyze past events?

History as an academic discipline uses a narrative to describe, examine, question, and analyze past events, and investigate their patterns of cause and effect.

Who laid the foundation of the Delhi Sultanate?

Muhammad Ghori

Which dynasty ruled over the Delhi Sultanate sequentially after the Mamluk dynasty?

Khalji dynasty

Who led the Rajput Confederacy defeated by Muhammad Ghori near Tarain in 1192?

Prithviraj Chauhan

During which dynasty did the Delhi Sultanate reach the peak of its geographical reach?

Tughlaq dynasty

Which Turkic slave-general inherited and divided the Ghurid territories amongst themselves?

Qutb al-Din Aibak

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Defining History and its Components

  • History is the study of past human experiences, societies, and events
  • Components of history include people, places, and events

Sources of Historical Knowledge

  • Historians use various sources to seek knowledge of the past, including:
    • Written records (documents, texts, inscriptions)
    • Oral traditions (stories, legends)
    • Material remains (artifacts, architecture)

History vs. Myth

  • History refers to factual, verifiable accounts of the past
  • Myth refers to stories or legends that may or may not be based on fact


  • Prehistory refers to the period before written records, where historical information is gathered through archaeology and other indirect means

Analyzing Past Events

  • As an academic discipline, history seeks to analyze past events through:
    • Contextualization
    • Critical evaluation of sources
    • Objectivity and neutrality

Delhi Sultanate

  • The Delhi Sultanate was founded by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, a Turkic slave-general
  • The Mamluk dynasty was the first to rule the Delhi Sultanate
  • The Khalji dynasty followed the Mamluk dynasty in ruling the Delhi Sultanate
  • The Delhi Sultanate reached its peak geographical reach during the Tughlaq dynasty
  • Muhammad Ghori led the Ghurid Empire and defeated the Rajput Confederacy near Tarain in 1192
  • The Ghurid territories were divided amongst themselves by the Turkic slave-generals

Test your knowledge of historical events and sources with this quiz on history. Explore the systematic study of the human past and the significance of historical sources in understanding prehistory and the evolution of civilizations.

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