Folk Tales: Definition, Characteristics, Types & Examples


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The German word volk means:

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1. Which of these is a common type of folk tale?

2. A trickster can best be described as:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Passed down from generation to generation, folk tales are stories that are told to entertain, amuse, and instruct listeners about different aspects of life. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you understand the universal aspect of folk tales, different types of tales, and some of the shared features of these stories that reflect and enrich the popular culture of everyday people.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Etymology of the term folk tale
  • Common types of folk takes
  • Tricksters and their role in folk tales
  • Allegories in folk tales
  • Defining characteristics of folk tales

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain the features and functions of folk tales
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define main ideas such as allegory
  • Lesson comprehension - ensure that you drew out the most important information from the related English lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Folks Tales: Definition, Characteristics, Types & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the common characteristics of folk tales
  • Define oral tradition
  • List different types of folk tales
  • Know some of the common characters in different types of folk tales
  • Describe how folk tales change and evolve over time