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What Was It Like?

What was it like to live during the time depicted in this exhibition? For each of the following categories, record as many details of daily life as you can. You can also add any categories that are not included here.

Exhibition title








Home life












The arts




Famous people


Who Am I?

Answer the following questions about the person you've chosen to be.

What is your name?


How old are you?


Where do you live?


Who are the members of your family?


Now visit the exhibition again with your new identity in mind. Examine the objects and displays for any information they reveal about your new character and answer the following questions.

1. What kind of clothes do you wear?


2. What do you look like?


3. Describe your home.


4. Do you have a job? If so, describe what you do and what conditions are like on the job.


5. What do you do for fun?


6. What kind of foods do you eat?


7. What hardships do you face?


8. Which machines, conveniences, or technologies do you use every day?


9. What are the major differences between your life and modern life?


10. Describe how world, national, or local events have affected you.


11. What do you hope for?


12. What or whom do you fear?


13. Whom do you admire?


14. What are your beliefs? (religious, political, personal, and so on)

Last Modified September 19, 1997