An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser: Summary & Themes


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What vice did Clyde pick up when working as a bellhop in An American Tragedy?

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1. Which wealthy relative gave Clyde a job?

2. Who was the poor farm girl that Clyde eventually impregnates?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy explores themes related to morality in the first quarter of the twentieth century. This combination quiz and worksheet will assess your understanding of the novel, including its characters and other plot details.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following:

  • Clyde's vices
  • What relative gave Clyde a job
  • Who Clyde is infatuated with
  • The lessons Clyde learns over the course of An American Tragedy

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about An American Tragedy in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Dreiser's novel

Additional Learning

To learn more about Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy, review the accompanying lesson called An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser: Summary & Themes. The lesson will cover the following topics:

  • Discussing the plot summary of Dreiser's novel
  • Outlining the important characters and their roles in An American Tragedy
  • Explaining the literary devices used in Dreiser's novel
  • Examining the themes present throughout An American Tragedy