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Eric Hobsawm and Terence Ranger
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Hobsbawm asserts that one of the factors that makes _______ unique is that they do not allow for variance in practice.
(a) Traditions.
(b) Routines.
(c) Rituals.
(d) Customs.

2. The author also makes a distinction between traditions and ______, which have no ritual or symbolic significance.
(a) Routines.
(b) Rifts.
(c) Rites.
(d) Rituals.

3. In particular, the author suggests that historians pay attention to the creation of all of the following concepts except _______.
(a) United Nations.
(b) National symbols.
(c) Nation-state.
(d) Nation.

4. The book asserts that traditions are invented when old ____ forms are deliberately not used or adapted.
(a) Psychological.
(b) Religious.
(c) Social.
(d) Political.

5. Hobsbawm asserts that exceptions to the decline in question 22 exist in all of the following areas except ______.
(a) Administration.
(b) School.
(c) Armed forces.
(d) Law.

6. According to the author, values and norms are established through ______ in ritual and tie back to the past.
(a) Chanting.
(b) Repetition.
(c) Singular use.
(d) Sacrifice.

7. According to the book, Welsh scholars and patriots rediscovered past traditions in all of the following areas except ______.
(a) Linguistic.
(b) Historical.
(c) Literary.
(d) Musical.

8. According to the book, _______ promoted the Highland form of dress as part of their work with the Celtic society.
(a) Military.
(b) Civilians.
(c) Lawyers.
(d) Poets.

9. The author claims that ancient materials and _______ are used to construct invented traditions to which new powerful rituals are tied.
(a) Calendars.
(b) Symbols.
(c) Planets.
(d) Dates.

10. According to the book, the Highland culture was created in _______ distinct stages, the first occurring in the eighteenth century.
(a) Two.
(b) Three.
(c) Five.
(d) Four.

11. According to the book, _______ of old traditions is one of the causes of the invention of traditions.
(a) Falsification.
(b) Destruction.
(c) Nostalgic remembering.
(d) Loss of meaning.

12. According to the book, the Welsh were once addicted to ________ and fortune tellers, long after their popularity died out in England.
(a) Poets.
(b) Magicians.
(c) Psychologists.
(d) Healers.

13. Hobsbawm suggests that two of the three types of tradition outlined in question 18 tend to support the main tradition, ________.
(a) Traditions that promote socialization
(b) Traditions that seek to usurp authority.
(c) Traditions that establish or symbolize social cohesion.
(d) Traditions that legitimize institutions of authority.

14. The work by _____ led to the discovery that the Welsh language could be connected to ancient Celtic.
(a) Owain Glyndwr.
(b) Edward Lhuyd.
(c) Iolo Morganwg.
(d) Rice Jones.

15. The author suggests that all of the concepts in question 26 rest on what he calls social ________.
(a) Construction.
(b) Engineering.
(c) De-construction.
(d) Isolation.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the early nineteenth century the Celtic Society of ______ was founded and pushed the Highland cause.

2. The author also believes that new invented traditions have practices that are _______, like saying the American pledge of allegiance.

3. According to the book, the minister of ______ wrote a Critical Dissertation, in which he provided the context for Macpherson's transposed locations.

4. According to the book, _______ theology undermined the Welsh culture by replacing its symbolism.

5. According to the book, the notion of a distinct Highland culture is a myth that did not exist prior to the _______ century.

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