What If? Writing Alternate Histories in Pop Culture Quiz

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  1. A comic book company wants to create an alternate history in which World War I never happened because a superhero intervened. They should start their comic book: [1]
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  2. If you changed an event very far in the past, what would be the likely impact on society today, and why? [1]
  3. Could you write a work of alternate history about an event that you know little about? Why or why not? [1]
  4. A counterfactual history that is well-written enough can be a form non-fiction writing. [1]
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  5. Which of the following media outlets would probably be the most likely to publish or create an alternate history: [1]
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  6. Could you ever put an alternate history into a history textbook? If so, how would you do it? If not, why not? [1]
  7. Someone writes a work of alternate history fiction that makes lots of errors about the historical events the story is based on. The resulting story would likely be: [1]
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  8. If you were creating a comic book based on the alternate history of a historical event, would you start writing the story first, or would you research the history first? Why? [1]
  9. When you argue about what “might have happened” if some historical event were different, you are arguing about: [1]
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  10. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement, and why or why not? “An alternate history story doesn’t need to get historical details right as long as it is entertaining.” [1]
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