What Is Fiction? - Definition & Types

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A work of fiction is ____.

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1. Which of the following contains between 1,000 and 20,000 words, typically runs no more than 25 or 30 pages, and usually focuses on one major plot or storyline and a few characters?

2. Which of the following tends to run about 20,000 to 50,000 words, usually between 60 and 120 pages, and to have a more complex plot or storyline and more characters?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Fiction is a pretty diverse genre of literature, but there are several key characteristics that define it. This online assessment will test you on some of these characteristics and how they make fiction what it is. Some things you'll be tested on include different types of fiction and genres within fiction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • The definition of a work of fiction
  • Short pieces of fiction
  • Mid-length pieces of fiction
  • Longer pieces of fiction
  • Fiction focused on literary merit

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - test your recollection of the defining characteristics of fiction, and how fiction is divided up into different types, including the typical word count associated with each type
  • Defining key concepts - draw your knowledge from the lesson to define terms used to describe the different types of fiction
  • Distinguishing differences - make sure you can articulate the differences between the different types of fiction, as well as the different genres found within fiction

Additional Learning

To learn more about the characteristics of fiction, review the corresponding lesson What is Fiction? - Definition & Types. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The definition of fiction
  • Types of fiction
  • 'Serious' fiction
  • Genre fiction
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