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Limerick: Definition, Rules & Examples

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What is another term for closed form?

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1. What is the purpose of a limerick?

2. How many lines does a limerick have?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

While poetry is more free form than other types of literature, limericks still follow a specific pattern. Use this lesson to learn about the characteristics of a limerick and then check out our interactive quiz to test your knowledge of its structure.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz combo set will teach the following about limericks:

  • Tone and purpose
  • Line structure
  • Rhyme scheme
  • Pattern of feet, or stressed and unstressed syllables

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related limericks lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the makeup of a limerick
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of fixed and open poetry

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson on limericks will prepare you to:

  • Differentiate between open and closed form poetry, and identify which type a limerick is
  • Explain the purpose and structure of a limerick
  • Using the provided structure, write your own limerick
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