Cormac McCarthy: Biography, Novels & Quotes


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Which of McCarthy's books is set in the near future?

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1. McCarthy's early years were influential on him as a writer. What city influenced him so much that he made it the setting of one of his novels?

2. Which of the following terms best describes McCarthy's writing style?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Cormac McCarthy is a famous American author known for his novels, All the Pretty Horses, Blood Meridian, The Road, and No Country for Old Men. These learning assessments will test you on McCarthy's literary works, as well as his early life, influences, and unique writing style.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following aspects of McCarthy:

  • Early life and influence
  • Writing style
  • Novel set in the future
  • Western novel
  • Novel focusing on three characters

Skills Practiced

These learning assessments will test you on the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Cormac McCarthy's most famous novels
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about American literature to answer questions about Cormac McCarthy
  • Making connections - assess how McCarthy's upbringing influenced the settings, themes, and characters in his novels

Additional Learning

To learn more about this significant American author, watch the accompanying lesson titled Cormac McCarthy: Biography, Novels & Quotes. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about McCarthy's early life and career as an author
  • Identify the awards and accolades McCarthy has received for his writing
  • Name McCarthy's most successful literary works
  • Understand how McCarthy's writing style sets him apart from other authors
  • Assess common themes and settings found in McCarthy's novels