Like The First Thanksgiving, this assessment measures students’ ability to source a document. When historians interpret a document, they first look to find out who wrote it and when. This information presents important clues about whether the document provides reliable evidence about the past. This assessment gauges whether students understand an important aspect of sourcing: the time elapsed between when a document was produced and the event that it depicts.
Students who understand the importance of when a document was produced will see that this painting offers limited evidence to historians who wish to understand what happened at the Siege of Golconda because it was produced decades after the event depicted.