Anecdote in Literature: Definition & Examples


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An anecdote is a brief narrative, presumably involving:

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1. The Greek term anekdota originally meant:

2. Anecdotes most often become relatable to audiences by appealing to their:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you gauge your understanding of how authors use anecdote, or brief digressions involving supposedly real characters and events. You will be quizzed on the definition of an anecdote, the origins of the term, and the typical uses of anecdote.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • What events and people an anecdote presumably involves
  • The original Greek meaning
  • How an anecdote becomes relatable to an audience
  • Typical appearance of anecdote in literature
  • The function of humorous anecdotes

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on anecdote in literature
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about using anecdotes in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding famous examples of anecdote in literature
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about why authors use anecdotes in their writing

Additional Learning

To learn more about this literary device, review the corresponding lesson on Anecdote in Literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define anecdote
  • Learn about the history of the anecdote
  • Review the modern use of anecdote in writing
  • Discuss how anecdote can express emotion
  • Review the use of anecdote in three famous literary works