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

2. According to ______ Morgan, there were a number of groups and individuals who were involved in preservation of Welsh culture.
(a) Bryn.
(b) Peter.
(c) Prys.
(d) Brys.

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

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

5. According to the book, the notion of a distinct Highland culture is a myth that did not exist prior to the _______ century.
(a) Eighteenth.
(b) Seventeenth.
(c) Sixteenth.
(d) Nineteenth.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the book, all of the following people except _______, were pivotal in creating a distinct history.

2. In 1773, _______ of Balenau published a book of medieval Welsh poetry that revived interest in the Welsh language.

3. The Highland garb adopted by the regiments would be used to invent the tradition of ______ dress.

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

5. The druids were originally authority figures and bards and were thought to have built _______.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are two of the general values that new invented traditions tend to inculcate, according to the book?

2. Who are the three individuals mentioned by the author as being helpful for inventing a distinct history?

3. What is the name of the well-written and powerful work about the Scotsmen that contains many colorful illustrations?

4. What are the three stages of the Highland tradition's creation?

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

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

7. What did the Highland Society of London have the power to repeal, according to the book?

8. Why was it surprising that the Welsh cultural life was beginning to fall apart in the eighteenth to early nineteenth century?

9. What does the author mean in this manuscript when he says that traditions have tacit rules?

10. What did the oldest part of the history say about the Welsh and the people of Wales?

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