What is Surrealism in Literature? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples


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Surrealism started out as an artistic movement in which European city?

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1. The idea behind surrealist literature is to bridge together ________.

2. Much of surrealism was affected by Sigmund Freud and his notion of ________.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Surrealism was a 20th-century intellectual and artistic movement that sought a deeper and richer vision of reality. This quiz/worksheet combo examines the characteristics of surrealist literature, and will help you understand surrealism's lasting effect on written and visual expression.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The rise of the surrealist movement
  • The goal of surrealism
  • Sigmund Freud's contribution to surrealism
  • Techniques used in surrealist literature
  • Examples of surrealist literature

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets you practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on surrealism and the characteristics of surrealist literature
  • Making connections - examine the influence of Sigmund Freud on surrealism
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of surrealist art to describe the goal of the movement

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled What is Surrealism in Literature? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the roots of the surrealist movement
  • Describe the characteristics of surrealist literature
  • Understand the implicit challenge of surrealist literature
  • Know some of the major artists of the surrealist movement
  • Understand the impact surrealism had on 20th-century art