Literary Canon: Definition & Authors


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The literary canon is a collection of works by which other authors are:

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1. What did the Greek word kanôn originally indicate?

2. The term canon may also be used to classify works as belonging to a particular literary tradition and _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of the literary canon. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include authors whose works appear in the literary canon as well as different methods of classification within the literary canon.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of literary canon
  • Greek origins of the word kanon
  • Classification of works within the literary canon
  • Another name for literary canon
  • Authors included in the literary canon

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literary canon lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about literature in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding works included in the literary canon
  • Knowledge application use your knowledge to answer questions about the term 'canon'

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson on the Literary Canon. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define literary canon
  • Know Western canon as another name for literary canon
  • Identify five authors found in the literary canon