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Guidelines for Forming Historical Questions Many students make the mistake of thinking that history is nothing more than memorizing names, dates, facts and events. Though knowing this material is helpful, the best historians are those that ask good historical questions, that uncover the central issues and motives that shaped events, ideas, and peoples’ actions. An analytic approach looks at causes and effects rather than just narrative. How and Why become the focus rather than Who, What, Where
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  Guidelines for Forming Historical Questions Many students make the mistake of thinking that history is nothing more than memorizing names, dates, facts and events. Though knowing this material is helpful, the best historians are those that ask good historical questions, that uncover the central issues and motives that shaped events, ideas, and peoples’ actions. An analytic approach looks at causes and eects rather than !ust narrative. How and Why become the focus rather than ho, hat, here, and hen. ã #ad $uestions% ho were the Maya& hen did the Maya collapse& ã #etter $uestion% hy did the Maya civilization collapse& Good historical questions should do the following: ã Address causes or eects ã #e open'ended (not necessarily a quick a yes or no answer) ã #e argumentative (can be legitimately answered in multiple ways) ã #e speci*c +ere are a few eamples of solid open'ended questions that have multiple possible answers% ã hat impacts did the Tokugawa -hogunate’s policy of isolation have upon apan during the /011s and /211s& ã +ow was 3apoleon #onaparte able to gain power in 4rance& ã hat impacts did westward epansion have upon the southern 5nited -tates during the *rst half of the /611s& hen brainstorming, it is a good idea to write a handful of possible questionsand then determine (with assistance from Ms. 4ranz'7night and your peers) which has the most potential.Always remember that your entire paper is an elaborate answer to your question, so it is very important that you form a question you can live with8 And remember, it’s quite likely that your question will change as you broadenor narrow your focus, *nd new information, or simply change direction.
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