Hans Christian Andersen: Biography & Fairy Tales


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Hans Christian Andersen, before becoming a famous writer, got involved in which of the other arts?

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1. Which of the following Disney films was based on a story originally written by Andersen?

2. Andersen's fairy tales are best described as _.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Hans Christian Andersen wrote plays, novels and poetry, but he received international acclaim for his innovative style and approach to folklore and tales. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your knowledge on Andersen's style and some of his best-known stories and characters that have become part of world literature.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Events in Andersen's life that led to his literary career
  • The inspiration for The Ugly Duckling
  • Modern adaptations of Andersen's tales
  • Distinct features of Andersen's storytelling
  • Plots for some of Andersen's best known tales

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge of Andersen's fairy tales to answer questions about his use of humor and irony to present morals and messages
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast Andersen's tales meant to instruct and inspire readers with modern adaptations meant to entertain audiences
  • Making connections- use your knowledge of the themes in Andersen's tales to explain their universal appeal to readers of all ages

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Hans Christian Andersen. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Reviews events in Andersen's life that shaped his literary career
  • Describes Andersen's portrayal of emotions from a child's perspective
  • Compares Andersen's version of The Little Mermaid with Disney's animated version
  • Provides examples of some of Andersen's idiomatic stories and characters
  • Explains Hans Christian Andersen's place in Denmark's cultural heritage