What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples


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Which of the following does NOT describe a theme?

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1. Which statement best describes what we can learn about themes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

2. Which of the following terms might be another word for 'motif'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of the characteristics of literary motifs. You'll be assessed on main points from the lesson including the definition of theme and examples of themes from specific literary works.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following:

  • Definition of theme
  • Themes in Romeo and Juliet and The Great Gatsby
  • Motifs in Sense and Sensibility and The Great Gatsby

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as theme and motif
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding themes in Romeo and Juliet
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify motifs from Sense and Sensibility

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson titled What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples. The lesson meets these learning objectives:

  • Define theme, motif, and thematic statement
  • Identify a theme in Romeo and Juliet and The Great Gatsby
  • Identify a motif in The Great Gatsby and Sense and Sensibility