Understanding Societies Past and Present

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Which term refers to our knowledge of the past and involves the study of its records or sources of information?

What is suggested about our knowledge of the past?

What are examples of how the past influences us?

Which type of source do historians use to obtain information about daily life?

What is one disadvantage of oral history as a source of information?

What are museums?

How do historians try to compensate for the disadvantages of oral history?

What are the two types of records historians use when investigating the past?

Why do historians have to think about why a visual source portrays something in a certain way?

What is social history?

What is the purpose of history in relation to memory?

What do archives preserve?

Which discipline studies the physical evidence left behind by people who have lived before us?

What can artifacts tell us about early humans?

How do archaeologists excavate a site?

According to the text, what is a society?

What is one of the main values shared by people in a society?

How do societies change?

Which religious and spiritual beliefs were mentioned in the text?

Who supported and enforced the religious and spiritual beliefs in society?

Which three elements make up a culture?

What is one way that language divides people?

Which technology has been used to find ancient settlements not evident from the ground?

What is one way that traditions can be both beneficial and challenging?

Which method is commonly used by archaeologists to determine the approximate age of artifacts?

What can archaeologists learn from examining ancient ships recovered from under the sea?

Which method do archeologists NOT use to date artifacts?

What is the origin of the English language?

Which trade route was often used to transport Chinese silk from China to the Mediterranean Sea?

What were some goods traded between Europe and Asia during ancient times?

What is the process called that opens businesses worldwide rather than just one country?

Which tool was the most commonly used by early humans?

Where did early humans most likely set up temporary camps?

How did early humans communicate with each other?

What may have caused early humans to travel beyond the African savannah?

What is the scientific view of the evolution of life on Earth?

What was the material most often used to make tools during the Stone Age?

What effect did the ice ages have on the distribution of animals?

What did Sa tell Alatangana as punishment for marrying his daughter in the African View of the Origin of Life?

Which adaptation allowed early humans to use their hands to make and use tools and weapons?

What was one way that history was used as a form of propaganda?

What type of tools did early humans make as hunting became more important?

What marked the beginning of Neolithic times?

Which group of humans is known for their pronounced brow ridges and heavy build?

Which group of Homo sapiens lived in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and Siberia?

What physical structure did some Cro-Magnons have, similar to present-day Europeans?

Where were the remains of Cro-Magnons first found?

Which type of art was most commonly created by Cro-Magnons?

Which activity was primarily done by women in Cro-Magnon society?

What evidence suggests that Cro-Magnons believed in an afterlife?

Which animals were painted on the cave walls at Lascaux?

Which section of the cave at Lascaux became known as the Hall of Bulls?

What happened to the cave paintings at Lascaux due to exposure to the outside air and excessive moisture?

What did Cro-Magnon hunters use to make a variety of tools and weapons?

Which early human species likely had a limited language?

What did the development of spoken language allow humans to do?

Which tool did Cro-Magnons invent for catching fish?

What did Cro-Magnons use to protect the entrances of their caves from wild animals?

What is the order of the development of humans?

What was the order of the times in The Stone Age?

The early humans Homo habilis lived in ______.

Homo erectus had larger brains than Homo habilis and were more skilful at adapting to their ______.

Neanderthals looked like modern-day humans (Homo sapiens), although they tended to be heavier and shorter and had pronounced ______ ridges.

The ice ages had a great impact on ______

During the Paleolithic times, humans were hunters and food ______.

As the earth warmed and the glaciers melted after the last ice age, ______ and animal life began to change.


Why Study History: Understanding the Influence of the Past

  • History is our knowledge of the past and involves the study of its records or sources of information.
  • Our knowledge of the past is limited as there are no records for most of it and even existing records can be difficult to understand.
  • The past influences us in ways we are not aware of, such as through place names and personal names.
  • Place names in Canada reflect the influences of various cultures, such as Aboriginal, French, Icelandic, and Ukrainian.
  • Personal names can reflect family traditions or events at the time of birth.
  • The alphabet, spelling, and pronunciation of words have been shaped by history, with influences from ancient languages such as Greek, Latin, Arabic, Urdu, and French.
  • Our beliefs about government and people from other parts of the world are shaped by history, including the origins of Canadian ideas about freedom and democracy.
  • Many of Canada's institutions have their roots in history, such as the parliamentary monarchy system inherited from British colonization.
  • Memory is important for individuals and organizations, and history helps preserve and correct memory.
  • Historians use archives and museums to research and learn about the past, with archives holding records and museums showcasing objects related to different aspects of history.
  • Historians use primary sources (e.g. diaries, photographs) and secondary sources (e.g. textbooks) to investigate the past, organizing and interpreting the information to provide explanations and interpretations.
  • Historians aim to be objective in their interpretations and explanations of the past, combining description, explanation, and interpretation to make sense of historical events.
  • Historians have traditionally focused on men and their activities in history, but the women's movement has led to increased attention to women's experiences and roles in history.


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