John Hersey: Biography & Books


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How did Hersey spend his early life?

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1. How did Hersey begin his writing career?

2. How did Hersey engage American readers?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

John Hersey recorded some of the most significant events of the 20th century, first as a journalist and later as a writer of historical fiction and nonfiction. This lesson traces Hersey's career as a writer and examines some of his most important and popular books.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

As part of this lesson, you'll be tested on the following details of John Hersey's life and writing:

  • Hersey's career as a journalist
  • Events covered in Hersey's books
  • Fact about Hersey's childhood
  • Characteristics of Hersey's writing
  • Public reaction to Hersey's work

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - ensure that you can read an account of John Hersey's life and writing and understand the key points
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain Hersey's approach to chronicling the major events of his day
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast Hersey's work as a reporter and as an author of historical fiction and nonfiction
  • Information recall - access your knowledge on Hersey's books and writing style

Additional Learning

For more details about this author, read the lesson, John Hersey: Biography & Books. The lesson focuses on the following goals:

  • Understand Hersey's contribution to American literature
  • List Hersey's major works
  • Explain Hersey's focus in Hiroshima
  • Describe Hersey's technique of drawing readers into his work