Archaism in Literature: Definition & Examples


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Archaism is language that is in today's times considered _____.

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1. What is the archaic meaning of the word 'fair'?

2. Archaism can occur in what form?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Archaic language (not to be confused with obsolete or dead language) is language that reflects a historic time period of when the language was common or relevant, and it is often used in contemporary literature to hearken back to these past times. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of archaic language and how (and when) it is used.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • What archaism is
  • Archaic definitions of words still used, today
  • How archaism may occur
  • Words that are obsolete, rather than archaic
  • Root words and definitions

Skills Practiced

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

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about archaism and archaic words
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, including archaism and the archaic
  • Making connections - correlate your knowledge of root etymology to determine the meaning of a new or unusual term
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about archaism

Additional Learning

To learn more about archaism, review the accompanying lesson called Archaism in Literature: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explains the definition of archaism and the archaic
  • Covers usage of archaism in literary history
  • Details key differences between archaic words and obsolete words