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Test your critical skills with these exercises designed to explore how letters and diaries work as historical evidence.

Ask yourself these important questions:

What are the characteristics of personal texts?

Who are the "characters" and what is the "plot"?

How does the writer portray events, relationships, and self?

How does the writer use literary convention?

How can we widen the context of letters and diaries?


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