Contemporary American Literature: Authors and Major Works


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In contemporary American literature, what is the hero often on a quest for?

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1. What do we call turning the inside out by making personal psychological experience visible?

2. Which of the following examples from Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man BEST exemplifies the use of rhythm and tone?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments will help you learn more about typical themes found in American contemporary literature. Quiz questions will test you on character development and specific famous works.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Specific topics you will be quizzed on include:

  • What the hero is searching for in contemporary literature
  • Personal psychological experiences in writing
  • Rhythm and tone of Ellison's The Invisible Man
  • Examples of elements of style
  • How a writer will show a character's search for self

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the different style elements that are used in modern American literature
  • Information recall - access knowledge about what the hero is typically on a quest for
  • Knowledge application - apply what you've learned by recognizing an example of rhythm and tone

Additional Learning

Learn more about contemporary American literature and authors from this era by reviewing the lesson titled Contemporary American Literature: Authors and Major Works. Topics covered include:

  • Isolated character examples from famous works
  • Use of the style elements juxtaposition and rhythm/tone
  • Classic example of blending the past and the present in literature