What Is Folklore? - Definition, Legends & Myths


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A _____ is a story that explains natural events or the origin of a culture's traditions.

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1. A _____ is a story that is passed down that explains events from the recent past.

2. _____ can be defined an oral history used to preserve a culture's past.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the lesson on the characteristics of folklore. Some of the details that you will be assessed on include the definitions of myth and legend.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Differences between legends, myths, and folklore
  • Categorizing the stories of Paul Bunyan and Bigfoot

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the characteristics of folklore
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding American folklore
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about stories that are passed down to explain recent events

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson on the characteristics of folklore. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the etymology of 'myth'
  • Define and differentiate folklore, myths, and legends
  • Recognize examples of each category