History can sometimes seem a battle against the forces of myth, fakes and “alternative facts”. The errors, misperceptions and narrowness of view highlighted in the quiz have not come about through any especial emotional or political motivations such as needing to prove that 393 Chinese coolies went to Tasmania. Yet emotional or political reasons for believing something abound and it is against this that historians must struggle.
“Everyone wants truth on their side, but not everyone is on the side of truth.” Richard Whately
Richard Whately also wrote that the writings of historians could be doubted!