Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation


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What does it mean to interpret literature?

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1. When does the process of analyzing a text begin?

2. How can the initial stages of analysis help you feel connected to a piece of literature?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of interpreting literary meaning. You'll be asked questions about topics like interpreting, analyzing and previewing text, as well as making connections.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how well you score when answering questions about the following:

  • What it means to interpret literature
  • When to start analyzing the text
  • Forming a connection to literature by previewing
  • The elements to focus on when making connections to the text
  • The final step in interpreting the text

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on interpreting literary meaning
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding which literary elements to focus on and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the purpose of previewing
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the steps in the interpretation process

Additional Learning

See more details about analyzing literature in the accompanying lesson titled Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define what it means to interpret literature
  • Identify when analysis of a text starts
  • Identify five key elements of literature
  • Understand the importance of connecting the writing to your own experiences