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


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Science fiction can be said to speculate on the nature and direction of what?

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1. By what other term is the genre of science fiction identified?

2. Who is often mistakenly credited as the originator of science fiction?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo looks at some of the most famous works of science fiction and helps you understand some of the common characteristic of this literary genre. After you complete the quiz, you'll receive your scores immediately.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

On this quiz, you'll answer multiple-choice questions about the following:

  • Who is credited (mistakenly) as the creator of science fiction
  • What science fiction speculates on
  • Characteristics of science fiction
  • Names and descriptions of the genre
  • Sub-genres of science fiction

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on science fiction literature and its characteristics
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of science fiction to answer questions about its sub-genres
  • Critical thinking - use your understanding of science fiction to examine the speculations that drive it in a new light

Additional Learning

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

  • Understand the scope of science fiction literature
  • Know the titles and authors of major works in science fiction
  • Understand the themes of science fiction sub-genres
  • Explore Anachronism and Romanticization as they relate to science fiction