Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples


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The word genre comes from the French, meaning:

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1. The four main genres in literature are:

2. Why is epic poetry a sub-genre of poetry?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this quiz, some of the topics you'll be assessed on include the term genre and the four main literary genres.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Check how well you understand the following:

  • Origins of the word genre
  • The four main genres in literature
  • Epic poetry as a sub-genre of poetry
  • Figurative language
  • The importance of knowing about genres

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on literary genres
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about categorizing literature in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the meaning of the term genre

Additional Learning

Be sure to review the accompanying lesson, Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples to continue your literature studies. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how genres can be further broken down into sub-genres
  • Give one example of each of the four main genres of literature
  • Review the characteristics of each main genre