Okay, okay, someone said to me (alright, I'll admit, it was my editor) "this book is all about stories and people, why give a quiz on dates?"
So the question is, are dates imprtant? I used to think they weren't, but I've changed my mind-- it's useful to at least have a sense of when something happened in history. For example, if you know that Prohibition ended in 1933, you can assume that the liquor smuggling gangster heyday was before that. Or if you know that Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863 you can assume he wasn't assasinated until after that. I find that having a handful of dates very firmly fixed as landmarks in my memory helps me locate other events in time.
So is it critical to know dates? Being off by a year or so probably doesn't matter except on a test -- being off by a decade or two could lead to a serious misunderstanding of historical events.
Anyway, for those of you who don't have those landmark years firmly in place, try this multiple choice history quiz that has nothing to do with dates at all.
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