Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms


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As the Count leaned over me and his hands touched me... a horrible feeling of nausea came over me, which, do what I would, I could not conceal. This quote from Bram Stoker's Dracula is an example of _____.

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1. Why do writers of fiction sometimes use the diary format?

2. Anne Frank's book is a nonfiction example of a _____.

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

Letters and diaries in literature, also known as epistolary writings, can be a useful storytelling tool. You will be quizzed on the features of epistolary writing, as well as several notable examples of epistolary writing.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

Things you'll need to know about to pass the test include:

  • Alice Walker's The Color Purple
  • Anne Frank's famous book
  • Characteristics of epistolary writing
  • The name for instructive letters found in the Bible

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about letters and diaries in literature in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding epistolary writing
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about famous examples of epistolary writing

Addition Learning

To learn more about epistolary writing, review the accompanying lesson on Letters & Diaries in Literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define epistolary writing
  • Explore the history of literary letters
  • Review the use of diary in literature
  • Discuss other forms of epistolary writing