The Role of Literature in Society Video


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Which literary tradition uses narrative to portray society's truths for the sake of reform?

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1. Don DeLillo is known for comparing literature to _____.

2. Which literary tradition suggests that art's role is to transgress tradition and social norms?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Literature has been one of the most significant art forms throughout human history, especially in relation to issues that arise in human societies. If you would like to see how much you know about the specific relationships between literature and society, you can answer the questions found in this online quiz and worksheet. Answer these questions to test your understanding of some major literary traditions and techniques that help inform literature's effects and influence on human society.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessment questions will help you test your understanding of:

  • Specific literary traditions
  • Notable authors and their views on literature
  • Literature and human consciousness
  • The effects of literature on people

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - use this online quiz and worksheet to test your recollection of the specific ways in which literature relates to human society
  • Defining key concepts - check to see if you know the definitions of terms that refer to specific traditions in literature and their relationship to societal issues
  • Reading comprehension - test your understanding of the effects of literature on the human consciousness and behavior in the context of society

Additional Learning

You can learn even more about this subject by reading the associated lesson called The Role of Literature in Society. This lesson is a great way to learn about:

  • Theories of mind
  • Human empathy
  • Defamiliarization
  • Literature and social change