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Mini-Quiz: Oral History

by Ron Kurtus (12 September 2001)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. Why is oral history important?

We can find out what really happened in events 50 to 80 years ago

It allows people to spin tall tales of their adventures

We can document how good some people can remember

2. What is an advantage of a video over a transcription of an interview?

You can edit out boring parts

You can see facial expressions, making the event more real

People don't have to read anything

3. Is it possible to gather an oral history of the U.S. Civil War?

Yes, because many Civil War soldiers want to tell their stories

No, because after Lincoln was killed, people weren't allowed to talk about it

Perhaps, using stories that people heard from their grandparents

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in History. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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Ron Kurtus' Credentials


What is Oral History? - History Matters course

Oral History Association

International Oral History Association

Oral History - Wikipedia

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Top-rated books on Oral History

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