Themes in Literature: Examples and Explanation


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The theme of a piece of literature is best defined as...

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1. Which of the following is a theme for 'The Monkey's Paw'?

2. What is a theme for 'Flowers for Algernon'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Themes are central to the study of literature, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of how to identify and interpret them. You will learn the themes of several popular stories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • The definition of theme
  • Themes in short stories discussed in the lesson
  • Plot details that support a story's theme

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on themes in literature
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding themes and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify important texts from the lesson, such as 'Flowers for Algernon' and 'The Monkey's Paw'
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about themes in specific stories

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson called Themes in Literature: Examples and Explanation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the definition and purpose of theme in literature
  • Explore the plots of 'The Monkey's Paw,' 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi' and 'Flowers for Algernon'
  • Identify and interpret themes from the above stories