How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide


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The three basic parts of literary analysis are

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1. At the beginning of William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, we are given the information that the characters live in Verona. What basic part of comprehension does this information fulfill?

2. In examining author style and language, what is it that you need to already have a working knowledge of?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your ability to analyze a literary passage. You will be quizzed on the different steps of literary analysis and the story elements that must be understood to analyze the style of the author.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • First step in literary analysis
  • Elements involved in basic comprehension of a passage
  • How the second step in literary analysis differs from the first
  • What you need to have a working knowledge of in order to analyze author style and language
  • Last step in literary analysis

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about literary analysis in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key terms, such as setting and plot
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained on analyzing literature
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the three steps involved in literary analysis

Additional Learning

To learn more about analyzing literature, review the corresponding lesson on Analyzing a Literary Passage. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the three different steps in literary analysis
  • Explore the role of comprehension in literary analysis
  • Discuss interpretation of a passage
  • Explore drawing conclusions about a literary text