History Where You Live
Some pubs are hundreds of years old!

History Where You Live

This History quiz is called 'History Where You Live' and it has been written by teachers to help you if you are studying the subject at middle school. Playing educational quizzes is a fabulous way to learn if you are in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade - aged 11 to 14.

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As middle school children develop their understanding of history, they may begin to look around their own locations and notice how things have changed over time in their local environment. This could be in a variety of locations - houses, churches or other buildings, or perhaps their school or local park.

How has the place where you live changed over time?

1.
Who could help you find books on local history?
A librarian
A doctor
A grocer
A police officer
Most libraries have a section devoted just to local history!
2.
What kind of buildings probably wouldn't help you find out about the history of where you live?
Public buildings like schools
Brand new houses
Bridges
Railroad stations
Many old buildings hide a lot of secrets about why and when they were built
3.
Which two kinds of buildings are often the oldest in an area?
Movie theaters and libraries
Shops and offices
Pubs and churches
Garages and supermarkets
Some pubs and churches are hundreds of years old and have a lot of history
4.
Any enormous trees near you may what?
Not be much use to a history detective
Fall down tomorrow
Have been planted a very long time ago
Only have been planted yesterday
Some kinds of tree can take 100 years to fully grow!
5.
Where could you go to find out what names people had in the past?
The supermarket
The post office
The gasoline station
A graveyard
The graves may tell you some old names not used anymore today
6.
Older houses where you live may have what?
Much smaller windows and doors
Only been built last week
Been made entirely from plastic
Been made from paper
People were shorter in the olden days so doors were smaller. Windows were sometimes taxed and glass was difficult to make so windows were small too!
7.
What could you look for to help find the age of a house?
A neighbor
A milkman
A parking meter attendant
A date stone on the building
Older buildings often had a date stone built into them - some modern houses have them too!
8.
What might you find out from looking at an old photograph of your town or village?
What people sounded like
How many people lived there
What the weather was like
How things have changed
If you compare an old black and white photograph to a modern image, you may spot all sorts of differences!
9.
How could you find out more about the history of your own house?
Ask the police to draw a sketch
Look on the internet or at the library
Picture it in your mind
Write a story about it
There are lots of sources which can help you find out how your house might have looked
10.
What else could be useful to a history detective?
Sturdy shoes
A plastic bag
Some candies
Memorials or monuments
There may be dates and names on a monument or memorial and you could find pictures in local history books
Author:  Angela Smith

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