What is meant by "primary source"?
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Literary Analysis: Tall Tale and Myth
Read this passage. Then, answer the question(s).
I'm that same David Crockett, fresh from the backwoods, half-horse, half-alligator, a little touched with the snapping turtle; can wade the Mississippi, leap the Ohio, ride a streak of lightning, slip without a scratch down a honey locust, can whip my weight in wildcats.
10. What feature or element suggests that the passage comes from a tall tale?
A. It uses first-person point of view.
B. It is about a legendary hero.
C. It uses exaggeration to describe far-fetched feats.
D. It suggests that the hero is aided by supernatural forces.
11. Which statement is true of primary sources?
A. All primary source documents are reliable.
B. Some primary sources are more reliable than others.
C. All primary sources are unreliable.
D. All primary sources are published material.
11. Which type of writing would qualify as a primary source?
A. an encyclopedia entry
B. a history textbook
C. a review of someone's biography
D. a ship captain's log
12. Which of the following is least likely to be a primary source?
A. a short story
B. an autobiography
C. a news article
D. a diary
but not sure??
What is meant by "primary source"?
This is homework, isn't it?
I will reopen the thread to let you reply.
If this will be turned in, we cannot help you.
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I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
This will not be turned in but discussed eventually in class. The reason why i am posting is honestly to get some clarification on these questions. We are a group of 5 and unfortunately some of our answers are different. I put what I think the answers could be, but I am not really sure. Thank you for reopening the thread but I can honestly assure you I am not here to get easy answers, but if you choose to close this thread again, it's fine as well, I understand.
A couple of things.
I have a better title for this thread.
If you know what a tall tale is that more or less automatically answers at least one question.
The person making entries into a ship's log would be considered a primary source.
The reason for asking a question is not always because the person doesn't know the answer.
The person known as Davey Crockett supposedly wrestled a bear "bare handed" (Pun?).
For question 12 use a process of elimination.
You got one out of three right.
I still think #10 is C, since the story has a lot of exaggeration.
I am thinking now that #11 should be a history textbook. I think a ship's captain log can be written by someone other than the captain, so therefore it no longer can be a primary source?
Which statement is true of primary sources i think may be (A) since primary sources are first hand accounts of actual events and should be always reliable.
The least less likely to be a primary souce I think is a short story since the story can be about anything and revised???
Last edited by Coimbra1970; 03-Mar-2016 at 19:16.
The captain's log (whether written by him or a deputy) is an eyewitness account of events that happened during the day.
An encyclopedia or history textbook is an edited attempt to explain things by taking various other accounts and synthesizing an entry.
Which do you think is "primary"?