Motif in Literature: Definition & Examples


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What does the motif of the conch shell represent in Lord of the Flies?

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1. Which of the following statements is NOT true?

2. A motif is:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

To pass this quiz, you'll need to know about topics such as the forms in which you'll find motifs and several examples of motifs found in famous literary works.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet combo will test you on the following:

  • A motif found in Lord of the Flies
  • True/false statements about motifs
  • The definition of motif
  • A motif found in Fight Club
  • Motifs in fairy tales

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 lesson on motifs in literature
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of the motif as applied to notable literary works
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding typical fairy tale motifs

Additional Learning

The accompanying lesson, Motif in Literature: Definition & Examples, takes an in-depth look at this topic. The lesson covers objectives such as the following:

  • Review what a motif is and what it's used for
  • Identify an example of a motif in L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Explore the use of motif in William Golding's Lord of the Flies
  • Discuss a motif found in Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club