How Fiction Draws on Themes from Other Works

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What is theme in literature?

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1. What is one theme in 'Ella Enchanted' that doesn't show up in 'Cinderella'?

2. How's does an era's zeitgeist affect an author's work?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These learning assessments will test you on how works of fiction often borrow themes from other works. Things you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the definition of theme in literature, themes in Cinderella and Ella Enchanted, and how an era's zeitgeist can affect an author's work.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will quiz you on the following:

  • Definition of theme in literature
  • Theme in Ella Enchanted that doesn't show up in Cinderella
  • How an era's zeitgeist can affect an author's work
  • Why the 19th century Cinderella is not an example of a strong woman
  • Importance of universal themes

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about literary themes in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as zeitgeist and universal themes
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding recycled literary themes
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different versions of the Cinderella story

Additional Learning

To learn more about theme in fiction, review the corresponding lesson on How Fiction Draws on Themes From Other Written Works. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about recycled literary themes
  • Review Ella Enchanted and Cinderella
  • Discuss a 21st century Cinderella
  • Explore the appeal of classic stories
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