Literary Criticism: Definition, Examples & Forms


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How long has literary criticism been around?

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1. Which of the following statements best defines New Criticism?

2. What is the main goal of a Marxist critic?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of literary criticism. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include the history of literary criticism as well as some of the different types of literary criticism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The history of literary criticism
  • New Criticism's definition
  • The main goal of a Marxist critic
  • Characteristics of traditional critics
  • The definition of reader-response criticism

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 criticism lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about literature in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding literary criticism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about literary criticism

Additional Learning

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

  • Define literary criticism
  • Understand why literary criticism is important
  • Define traditional critics
  • Understand sociological criticism
  • Categorize sociological critics
  • Define Marxist critics and understand how they fit under the larger umbrella of sociological criticism
  • Explain New Criticism
  • Define reader-response criticism