Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples


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What is author's purpose?

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1. The acronym for the three main types of author's purpose is


Read this description and decide the author's purpose.

A section in a history book describing the conditions and causes of the Great Depression in the Midwest in the 1930s

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of author's purpose. The practice questions assess your knowledge by asking you to identify the author's purpose in several different works of writing, as well as answer questions about the definition and main types of author's purpose.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your ability to:

  • Define author's purpose
  • Identify the three main types of author's purpose
  • Read a description of a piece of writing and identify the author's purpose from the description

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on author's purpose
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about author's purpose in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding author's purpose
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about author's purpose

Additional Learning

To learn more about author's purpose, review the accompanying lesson on Author's Purpose. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand why knowing the author's purpose is important
  • Differentiate between the three main types of author's purpose
  • Learn how to identify an author's purpose