Claim Though often considered an objective pursuit learning about the historical past requires creativity Reason Because we can never know the past directly we must reconstruct it by imaginatively interpreting historical accounts documents and artifacts W

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Claim: Though often considered an objective pursuit, learning about the historical past requires creativity.
Reason: Because we can never know the past directly, we must reconstruct it by imaginatively interpreting historical accounts, documents, and artifacts.
Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim and the reason on which the claim is based.

An objective reconstruction of past events is by far one of the most challenging tasks that historians have to face in their job. Since there is no other way other than interpreting and studying the old documents and artifacts found by archeologists, one might think that creativity is a fundamental skill that every historian should have. Nevertheless, based on the reasons I am going to present, I think that nowadays learning about the historical past requires analytical thought and adequate reasoning rather than creativity.

In the first place, it is important to underline how the work of past historians has changed the way of learning about historical events. Thanks to years and years of findings such as old documents, artifacts, historical accounts and so forth, we now have such a big database of information that creativity is not that useful.
Instead, an acute reasoning and the ability to find connections between different documents or artifacts would represent some of the best skills a historian should have.

Furthermore, once a common line connecting chronological events and finding is drawn, there is little space left for creativity. With the advent of modern day technologies, archeologists and other scholars are able to virtually reconstruct and analyze most of the findings in their original form, as well as to know with incredible accuracy the historical period in which they were made. For instance, it is now possible to date back old paintings and physical artifacts by exposing them to a beam of electrons, which then is analyzed from a computer that gives back the results. When all this information is known about the provenience of such findings, then it’s more a matter of drawing the right connections in order to have a coherent and chronological line of events.

On the other hand, it is understable why the claim gives so much importance to creativity. All this information that we now have was once not yet discovered. Historians of the past had to build the basis of what we give now for granted, and this most certainly required a creative mind. As an example, let’s think of how challenging understanding antique alphabets or hieroglyphics had to be. Creativity and imagination would have come in handy.

In conclusion, I would say that the concept of learning about historical events has changed with time. Nowadays the advent of new technologies, and moreover the researches and findings of past historians have shifted the attention from creativity to acuity and analytical thought.

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Transition Words or Phrases used:
first, furthermore, if, moreover, nevertheless, so, then, well, as to, for instance, i think, in conclusion, such as, as well as, in the first place, on the other hand

Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments

Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 15.0 19.5258426966 77% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 6.0 12.4196629213 48% => OK
Conjunction : 19.0 14.8657303371 128% => OK
Relative clauses : 12.0 11.3162921348 106% => OK
Pronoun: 26.0 33.0505617978 79% => OK
Preposition: 61.0 58.6224719101 104% => OK
Nominalization: 9.0 12.9106741573 70% => OK

Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 2139.0 2235.4752809 96% => OK
No of words: 413.0 442.535393258 93% => More content wanted.
Chars per words: 5.17917675545 5.05705443957 102% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.50803742585 4.55969084622 99% => OK
Word Length SD: 3.05357309353 2.79657885939 109% => OK
Unique words: 209.0 215.323595506 97% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.506053268765 0.4932671777 103% => OK
syllable_count: 657.9 704.065955056 93% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.6 1.59117977528 101% => OK

A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 6.0 6.24550561798 96% => OK
Article: 2.0 4.99550561798 40% => OK
Subordination: 4.0 3.10617977528 129% => OK
Conjunction: 2.0 1.77640449438 113% => OK
Preposition: 5.0 4.38483146067 114% => OK

Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 17.0 20.2370786517 84% => Need more sentences. Double check the format of sentences, make sure there is a space between two sentences, or have enough periods. And also check the lengths of sentences, maybe they are too long.
Sentence length: 24.0 23.0359550562 104% => OK
Sentence length SD: 53.8346822261 60.3974514979 89% => OK
Chars per sentence: 125.823529412 118.986275619 106% => OK
Words per sentence: 24.2941176471 23.4991977007 103% => OK
Discourse Markers: 9.82352941176 5.21951772744 188% => OK
Paragraphs: 6.0 4.97078651685 121% => OK
Language errors: 3.0 7.80617977528 38% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 14.0 10.2758426966 136% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 1.0 5.13820224719 19% => More negative sentences wanted.
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 2.0 4.83258426966 41% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?

Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.261398381426 0.243740707755 107% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.079786195172 0.0831039109588 96% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.0534884199149 0.0758088955206 71% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.135952421328 0.150359130593 90% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0573107396791 0.0667264976115 86% => OK

Essay readability:
automated_readability_index: 15.1 14.1392134831 107% => OK
flesch_reading_ease: 47.12 48.8420337079 96% => OK
smog_index: 11.2 7.92365168539 141% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 12.7 12.1743820225 104% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 13.06 12.1639044944 107% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 8.34 8.38706741573 99% => OK
difficult_words: 92.0 100.480337079 92% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 15.0 11.8971910112 126% => OK
gunning_fog: 11.6 11.2143820225 103% => OK
text_standard: 15.0 11.7820224719 127% => OK
What are above readability scores?


Rates: 75.0 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 4.5 Out of 6
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