Folk Literature: Definition & Books


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Folk literature is concerned with the preservation of…

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1. Before they're written down, the oral songs and stories recorded in folk literature are collectively known as…

2. Which of these can be an example of folk literature?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The stories, tales, poems, songs and proverbs passed down orally from generation to generation represent a culture's folklore, and the written version of that folklore is called folk literature. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand different types of folklore and the fundamental difference between folklore and folk literature.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definitions of folklore
  • The purpose of folk literature
  • Examples of folk songs
  • Features of folk tales
  • Types of folk literature

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge on folk literature to answer questions about this literary genre
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast folklore and folk literature
  • Making connections - use your knowledge of folklore to examine how it represents shared ideas, emotions and aspirations of a culture
  • Critical thinking - use your understanding of folk literature as an individual expression of folklore to examine this genre in a new light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on folk literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define folk literature
  • Understand the oral tradition
  • Know different types of folklore
  • Understand folklore as a product of an entire culture
  • Understand folk literature as the work of an individual