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Eric Hobsawm and Terence Ranger
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the book, the ______ movement and its association with the noble savage helped produce the invented tradition.
(a) Romantic.
(b) Commercial.
(c) Enlightenment.
(d) Industrial.

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

3. In Chapter 2, Hobsbawm asserts that Scotsmen celebrate their identity with common symbols including the kilt and ______.
(a) Flute.
(b) Drum.
(c) Bagpipe.
(d) Burin.

4. 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.

5. The author claims that the Scots were merely ______ invaders from the fifth century and the Scottish culture was a crude imitation of the invaders.
(a) Scandinavian.
(b) Germanic.
(c) Irish.
(d) English.

Short Answer Questions

1. Hobsbawm asserts that invented traditions can often be found when cultures look to maintain ______ patterns.

2. A number of _______ including Iolo Morganwg became interested in the old Druid practices.

3. The author states that the invention of tradition involves _______ and ritualization with reference to the past.

4. Some of the general values that Hobsbawm suggests are used in invented traditions include ______ and school spirit.

5. Hobsbawm claims that in Wales a native legal system was abolished and the old _______ was outlawed.

Short Essay Questions

1. What did James Macpherson do in order to help invent the history of the Scottish people?

2. Who does the book uncover the Scots to be, unlike what many people today think of the Scottish people?

3. Where were the Highland regiments fighting when they took on the wearing of the kilt?

4. What is the meaning and the practice of the tradition 'eisteddfod' according to the book?

5. Where can exceptions to traditions be found, though some traditions have filled in the space abandoned by secular decline?

6. What are the three aspects of invented tradition that serve to keep it in place, according to this manuscript?

7. What are two of the most common symbols that are associated with the Scotsmen society?

8. What are the invented concepts of which more sense can be made by the study of invented traditions?

9. What happened as a result of a loss of cultural self confidence, according to the book?

10. What was the story that was told about the Welsh in relation to Christianity and to the pagans?

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