The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples


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You are reading the story that tells how the Inuit people, who live in far northern regions of the earth, came to have daylight. A character named Crow brought light to them from the South. Crow brought the light in the form of a ball of string so they could live without darkness for half of the year. What type of story are you reading?

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1. You hear a story about an ant that teaches a lesson to a grasshopper. The tale is about a grasshopper who sings and plays all summer while the ant works to store food. When winter comes, the grasshopper has nothing to eat. The ant tells him, he should have worked and saved. This account is an example of a _____.

2. Sally Ann Thunder is a character in a popular story. In some of her adventures, she wears a real beehive as a hat and wrestles alligators in her spare time. What kind of story is this?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Myths, legends, fables and folktales are types of stories originally passed by word-of-mouth, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of them. You'll be assessed on your ability to differentiate these types of stories as well as identify and define examples.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Kind of story that explains natural events
  • Literature that features animals delivering morals or lessons
  • Type of story using feats of strength
  • Story that borders on the incredible but is situated in reality
  • Examples of these various types of literature

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast these four types of stories
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a story featuring the miraculous

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson called The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about different types of stories and what they have in common
  • Identify and define examples of fables, folktales, myths and legends
  • Differentiate between these four types of literature