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Writing Short Answers -- The Five Ws Strategy

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Writing Short Answers for History 20 Exams— The Five Ws Strategy A good short answer will include the following: Who or What; When; Where; and... Why? Significance? The first portion of your answer should give a detailed definition and historical information about the term. The last portion of your answer should explain why this term is significant to the study of 20th century world history. Think about how this term fits into the broad themes of the class. You should be clear and direct when discussing the significance; it is ok to start this sentence with, "This term is significant because..." You do not have to use exact dates in your short answer. For example, we don't need to know when someone was born or when he or she died. You can use broad date ranges (for example, the New Imperialism escalated in the last three decades of the nineteenth century) if you are unclear about a specific date. It is better to be broad and accurate than give a wrong date (for example, World War I began in 1925 [the WRONG date]).
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