How an Author's Life Influences Literary Works


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What was a major influence on Langston Hughes?

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1. Which author lived through, and wrote about, the overindulgence and shallowness of high society during the 1920s?

2. Which author was influenced by a life of seclusion, writing poetry that reflected a rich imagination?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will assess you on ways that authors' lives have influenced their works. You'll need to be familiar with how various life factors influenced the literature of several authors, including Langston Hughes and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to gauge your knowledge of:

  • The American poet whose work was influenced by a secluded life
  • The author who wrote a novel based on childhood experiences with racism and abuse
  • Major influences on Langston Hughes's work

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lessons on authors' lives
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about how authors' lives have informed their writing
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about authors

Additional Learning

To learn more on the topic, review the accompanying lesson, How an Author's Life Influences Literary Works. The lesson covers the following learning objectives:

  • Understand how knowing certain details of an author's life may provide readers with great insight into their works
  • Review examples of poems that reflect a life of isolation
  • Learn about two authors of the 1920s with very different backgrounds
  • Uncover the context of the book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings