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Old 05-01-2017, 11:09 AM
Little Nemo Little Nemo is offline
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Originally Posted by Philster View Post
Not a fan of questions tailored towards rote learning. Don't care, and never will, whether something was 1860 or 1861. Not a fan of date games like that.
I'm not a fan of rote learning either. But knowing what year something occurred in can demonstrate the opposite of rote learning; it can show that you learned the context of events.

For example, I didn't memorize the fact that the attack on Fort Sumter occurred on April 12, 1861. But I was able to identify that as the correct choice in the quiz because I knew Lincoln had been elected in 1860, that elections occur in November, that Presidents used to get inaugurated in the March following the election, and that the attack occurred in the early weeks of Lincoln's Presidency.