What is Historical Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics, Books & Authors


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Which of the following is important to a historical novel?

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1. What is the main reason there needs to be a significant distance between the reader's and the story's history?

2. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the story takes place during the time of slavery and includes authentic, graphic language. What is one purpose of Twain's incorporation of history in this novel?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the lesson on the characteristics of historical fiction. Some of the details that you will be assessed on include reasons to distance readers from the story's history.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Definition of historical fiction
  • Examples of works in the genre
  • Important aspects of historical fiction
  • Mark Twain's contribution to the genre

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 historical fiction
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the historical aspects of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the reader's perspective

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called What is Historical Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics, Books & Authors. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand techniques authors use
  • Recognize notable authors and works of historical fiction
  • Identify the amount of time necessary for a work to be considered historical
  • Explain the importance of believability