Bildungsroman: Definition, Characteristics & Examples


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What well-known genre shares many characteristics with Bildungsroman?

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1. Which of the following characteristics is not part of a Bildungsroman?

2. Which of the following novels is not a Bildungsroman?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Bildungsromans are specific types of coming of age stories, where the main character undergoes some sort of moral growth . The printable worksheet will teach you more about the characteristics of this genre, while the interactive quiz will test you on these characteristics and some specific novels.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • What genre is similar to a Bildungsroman
  • The various characteristics of Bildingsromans
  • Specific examples of novels within this genre
  • Where the term Bildungsroman originated
  • What event causes Holden from 'The Catcher in the Rye' to have an epiphany

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the characteristics of Bildungsromans
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of coming of age stories to better comprehend Bildungsromans
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding specific novels in this genre, such as 'The Catcher in the Rye'

Additional Learning

To learn more about a specific literary genre of moral growth, review the corresponding lesson on the characteristics of Bildungsromans. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defines what a Bildungrsroman is
  • Learns the historical context of the genre
  • Examines the specific characteristics that compose a Bildungsroman
  • Explores specific novels, such as 'Johnny Tremain' and 'The Catcher in the Rye'