Fable in Literature: Definition & Examples


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A fable is a short narrative aimed at teaching:

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1. The primary characters in fables are typically:

2. Who is often credited with bringing the fable to Western literature?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of fables in literature. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include vocabulary surrounding the term 'fable' as well as the history of the fable.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of fable
  • Characters in fables
  • The person credited with bringing the fable to Western literature
  • Which countries include versions of fables in their literature
  • The definition of anthropomorphized

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on fables in literature
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as fable and anthropomorphize
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding fables in global cultures
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about who brought fables to Western literature

Additional Learning

To learn more about fables, review the accompanying lesson on Fables in Literature. This lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Define fable
  • Know Aesop as the 'Father of the Fable'
  • Understand how The Tortoise and the Hare can be classified as a fable
  • Examine how The Panchatantra can be seen as a fable
  • Explore The Jungle Book as a fable
  • Identify Animal Farm as a fable
  • Understand how animals are used as characters in fables