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Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

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The Pilgrim's Progress is an example of a(n) _____.

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1. How can we distinguish fables from parables?

2. Which of the following statements about allegories is FALSE?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can gauge your understanding of some types and examples of allegories with this quiz/worksheet combo. You must be able to identify specific works as certain kinds of allegories in order to pass the quiz.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • What type of allegory 'The Grasshopper and the Ant' is
  • What the main character Christian represents in 'The Pilgrim's Progress'
  • The definition of an allegory
  • What type of allegory 'Animal Farm' is
  • The most straightforward type of allegory

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding why allegories are used
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of allegories and moral messages or lessons
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the meanings of specific allegorical stories and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the two common types of allegories

Additional Learning

To learn more about this literary device, review the accompanying lesson called Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define allegory
  • Identify two types of allegories
  • Provide examples of each type of allegory
  • Explore the meanings of themes and characters in these examples
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