Comparing & Contrasting a Fictional Portrayal to Historical Accounts


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Which of the following is an example of historical fiction?

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1. Writers of historical fiction often condense events in order to _____.

2. A fictional novel, film, or TV show set during historical events, and often incorporating real historical figures, is called what?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Is it history, a dramatization of historical events, or just a story that takes place in the past with some actual places or people figuring in it? The questions on this worksheet/quiz combination will test you on how historical fiction and actual history are both similar and different. You will answer questions about several books, films and television programs that fall within this genre.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz tests your knowledge of:

  • A character in a historical fiction work who is based on a real person
  • Several examples of historical fiction
  • Why historical fiction writers often condense the events

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of historical fiction to explain why people might be interested in reading this type of work
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about whether a history textbook, a historical novel, or a documentary is superior
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the dramatization of the life of an actual historical individual and identify the character

Additional Learning

You can gain a deeper understanding of this topic by working through the lesson titled Comparing & Contrasting a Fictional Portrayal to Historical Accounts. After you've completed the lesson, you should meet these objectives:

  • Discuss Margaret Mitchell's depiction of the Civil War in Gone With The Wind
  • Explain why Gladiator is considered historical fiction
  • Describe how Charles Dickens uses Monseigneur as a stereotype