What Is a Memoir? - Definition & Examples - Quiz & Worksheet


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What's the major difference between a memoir and an autobiography?

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1. Which of these Hemingway works is a memoir?

2. Which of the following statements about memoirs is not true?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of the characteristics of memoirs. Information that you'll be assessed on includes the difference between a memoir and an autobiography as well as several truths regarding memoirs.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Through these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The difference between a memoir and an autobiography
  • Your ability to identify a memoir by Ernest Hemingway
  • Truths about memoirs
  • Definition of the French word mémoire
  • Facts pertaining to Augusten Burrough's memoir Running with Scissors

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 related lesson on the characteristics of memoirs
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about Running with Scissors and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as memoir and autobiography
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about a memoir written by Ernest Hemingway

Additional Learning

To learn more about autobiographical writing, review the accompanying lesson, What Is a Memoir? - Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Differentiate between a memoir and an autobiography
  • Name other acclaimed 20th-century memoirs
  • Tell the elements of Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs that qualify it as a memoir
  • Understand the history of memoirs