Characteristics of Oral Tradition in World Literature


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The oral tradition refers to a mode of storytelling in which the stories are communicated in what way?

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1. What literary genre is most associated with the oral tradition?

2. What is a name that some cultures used for the trained storytellers who memorized and repeated stories in the oral tradition?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Oral traditions played a vital role in early civilizations. Use this assessment to test your understanding of what oral tradition is and how it was used to pass stories from one generation to another.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Some specific topics covered in this assessment include:

  • How stories are communicated in oral tradition
  • The literary genre most associated with oral tradition
  • Trained storytellers whose job was to memorize and repeat stories
  • Examples of epics
  • Literary works with metrical elements

Skills Practiced

With this assessment you will test the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding oral tradition and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding common genres of oral storytelling
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about oral storytellers and the art of oral storytelling

Additional Learning

For a quick review of the material covered in this assessment you may study the lesson Characteristics of Oral Tradition in World Literature. This lesson will also help you review:

  • Why the oral tradition was important
  • Why poetic styles were used for oral storytelling
  • Various examples of oral tradition from around the world