Lord of the Flies Literary Criticism


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What does the conch symbolize in Lord of the Flies?

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1. Which of the following are present in Lord of the Flies?

2. Which of the following statements might William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, agree with?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

William Golding's Lord of the Flies has attracted a great deal of interest and analysis in the literary community ever since its publication. If you want to see how much you understand about this novel, you can answer these quiz and worksheet questions on some of the most common points of literary criticism of the novel. These questions cover the novel's theme, symbols and use of allusion.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessment questions will test you on:

  • Symbols in Lord of the Flies
  • Literary techniques in the novel
  • Theme of the novel
  • Example of an allusion in the novel
  • Contrasting symbols in the novel

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure that you can accurately recall an example of allusion in Lord of the Flies
  • Critical thinking - examine Golding's theme of Lord of the Flies in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast some of the different symbols that appear in the novel

Additional Learning

For more information on this subject, read the associated lesson called Lord of the Flies Literary Criticism. You can read through this lesson to learn about:

  • The definition of an allegory
  • Plot of Lord of the Flies
  • How the author illustrates his theme
  • Use of other allusions in the novel