The Invention of Tradition Test | Final Test - Hard

Eric Hobsawm and Terence Ranger
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the book, much of European invented tradition arose in the last ________ years of the nineteenth century.

2. The book also states that tradition was used by the ______ against the youth, who became susceptible to the Europeans.

3. According to the book, Europeans saw African customs through their own ______.

4. According to the book, the fourth period is characterized by romantic glamor, partly due to ________ advances.

5. According to the book, African ______ and intellectuals used neo-traditions to enhance their own power.

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the committee, headed by Thomas Thornton, seek to replace in India?

2. How might one describe the second stage of the British monarchy, which began when Victoria was made Empress of India?

3. How did the Europeans began to create the idea that gentility was respectable?

4. What was the first stage of the British monarchy that occurred between the 1820s and the 1870s, according to the book.?

5. Into what had the British turned themselves when they gave their monarch sovereignty over to India?

6. By looking at the ten aspects of rituals, what does David Cannadine believe can be uncovered?

7. While the monarchical power was limited in the beginning of the British monarchy, what could they do in the first stage?

8. What did African chiefs stand to gain from using the neo-traditions being taught to them?

9. How did many see the cultural integration when the British were occupying India?

10. What did Africa not have to offer as a society, which meant that they had to use a monarchy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The contrast between custom and tradition is outlined early in the book, helping the reader understand how they are dissimilar.

Part 1: Why do you think custom and tradition are easily confused?

Part 2: What is more important to a community: customs or traditions? Why?

Part 3: Do you focus more on customs or on traditions in your daily life?

Essay Topic 2

In many African areas, the traditions already in place were impacted by new traditions, giving some countries a difficult time in identifying their place.

Part 1: Why do you think African settlers needed to impose their own traditions?

Part 2: Do you think that all settlers have a right to bring their own traditions with them?

Part 3: How do you think a settler could have their own traditions and yet respect those already in place? Is this possible?

Essay Topic 3

In every case, tradition seeks to create a connection between the present and the past. Without this connection, a society changes.

Part 1: Why do you think the connection to one's past is so important?

Part 2: How do you think the present day society benefits from learning about the past?

Part 3: Do you think that you use the lessons of the past to inform your present day decisions?

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