Edgar Rice Burroughs: Books & Biography


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Which of these jobs did Burroughs have before becoming a novelist?

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1. Which of these is NOT a book by Edgar Rice Burroughs?

2. Many of Burroughs' tales were first found in what type of low-cost literary publications that typically featured short stories or excerpts from novels?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Edgar Rice Burroughs was one of the most popular writers of action/adventure stories and novels that provided a continual stream of entertainment and escapism for audiences during the first half of the 20th century. Burroughs' literary career, stories and the cast of iconic characters that emerged from his imagination are the focus of this quiz and lesson.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be quizzed on the following aspects of Burroughs' life and work:

  • Burroughs' resume of odd jobs
  • The sci-fi/fantasy setting Burroughs adopted for some of his novels
  • Burroughs' best-known books
  • Reputation and recognition of Burroughs' stories
  • Burroughs' publishing history

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - check to see if you can read a summary of Burroughs' life and work and understand the main points
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain the characteristics of Burroughs stories and novels
  • Information recall - access your knowledge on Edgar Rice Burroughs and 20th-century popular fiction

Additional Learning

To learn more, read the lesson Edgar Rice Burroughs: Books & Biography. The lesson focuses on the following objectives:

  • Understand the scope of Burroughs' writing
  • List the stories and characters that have become part of popular culture
  • Describe the 20th-century action/adventure publishing industry
  • Explain the factors that helped popularize Burroughs' stories and characters