History: Study and Interpretation of the Human Past

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What is the period of events before the invention of writing systems called?

Prehistory

Which of the following is NOT considered a historical source?

Fictional stories

What term is used for stories common to a particular culture, but not supported by external sources?

Myths

What is the main purpose of history as an academic discipline?

To interpret past events

Which term refers to the memory, discovery, organization, and presentation of past events in history?

Historiography

What distinguishes history from myth?

Historical evidence

What is the etymological origin of the word 'history'?

Ancient Greek ἱστορία

Who is often considered the 'father of history'?

Herodotus

What is the nature of the modern study of history?

Wide-ranging and focused on specific regions

Which ancient historian is often criticized as the 'father of lies'?

Herodotus

What is the name of the state chronicle reputed to date from as early as 722 BC in East Asia?

The Spring and Autumn Annals

In which language did the word 'history' develop into forms such as istorie and historie?

Anglo-Norman

What did Aristotle use the word 'history' to refer to in his 'History of Animals'?

Inquiry and knowledge from inquiry

'History' was borrowed from Latin into Old English as:

'History'

'History' appears in the 13th-century Ancrene Wisse but seems to have become a commo[what]?

'Common term'

Explore the systematic study and documentation of the human past, including prehistory and historical sources such as written documents. Learn about the memory, discovery, collection, organization, presentation, and interpretation of past events.

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