Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence


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How did Native Americans use stories passed down through the oral tradition?

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1. Which of the following is true about the Iroquois story of the Owl?

2. What themes are common in Native American storytelling?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Native Americans used oral traditions to help make sense of the world around them. This quiz and worksheet combo will test your knowledge of the features of Native American oral tradition. You will be quizzed on the general themes found in these stories as well as the content of specific stories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Oral storytelling
  • The common themes of Native American oral stories
  • The Iroquois story of the owl
  • Characteristics of the hero's journey in Native American literature
  • How Native American stories influenced later American writers

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you can draw the most important information from the lesson on Native American oral traditions
  • Making connections - apply what you have learned to discuss the influence of Native American oral storytelling on American literature
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about oral traditions

Additional Learning

To learn more about Native American storytelling, review the lesson on the features of Native American oral traditions. This lesson has the following objectives:

  • Explore what oral storytelling is and why a community would use it
  • Analyze the general themes and topics found in Native American oral stories
  • Examine specific examples of stories