Literary Nonfiction: Biographies & Autobiographies


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Biographies are written in which point of view?

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1. Autobiographies are written in which point of view?

2. Why might an autobiography be biased?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Although there are variations, biographies and autobiographies generally offer an account of an individual's history in order to explain different challenges, accomplishments and, in some cases, historical eras. This quiz and lesson will help you understand the different characteristics of these factual stories of people, and some of the goals and objectives of the authors.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Topics covered in this quiz on biographies and autobiographies include the following:

  • Narrative points of view
  • Characteristics of literary nonfiction
  • Objectivity and subjectivity in autobiographies
  • Subject vs biographer

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained on autobiographies and biographies
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast autobiographies and biographies
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain the characteristics and goals of literary nonfiction

Additional Learning

For more information on this literary genre, read the lesson, Literary Nonfiction: Biographies & Autobiographies. The lesson covers the following goals:

  • List the types of sources used to write biographies
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of autobiographical accounts
  • Explain the narrative point of view in biographies and autobiographies
  • Compare and contrast informational nonfiction and literary nonfiction