J.K. Rowling: Biography, Books & Facts


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1. What was the reason for J.K. Rowling's pen name.

2. When and Where did J.K. Rowling get the idea to write Harry Potter?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

It took Joanne Rowling a long time - and a little bit of magic - to become successful author J.K. Rowling. This quiz/worksheet combo will test you on the origins of Rowling's pen name, the Harry Potter series and much more.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The purpose of, and meaning behind, J.K. Rowling's pen name
  • The impact of J.K. Rowling's charitable donations
  • The history behind J.K. Rowling writing the first Harry Potter book

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Rowling's path to success in a different light
  • Making connections - use understanding of the timeline of Rowling's work
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast Rowling's upbringing with her success as a writer

Additional Learning

To learn more about J.K. Rowling, review the accompanying less on J.K. Rowling's Life & Books. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Create a timeline of when J.K. Rowling's books were published
  • Identify the different pen names J.K. Rowling has used
  • Understand the origin of the Harry Potter series