Native American and Colonial Literature


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What issues influenced the literature in 17th century America?

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1. Various Native American tribes had stories that explained how mountains were created or why spring occurs. How would these stories have been documented?

2. What is a common theme that runs through many different American Indian literature pieces?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of Native American and colonial literature. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include 17th and 18th century American writing as well as elements common to many types of Native American literature.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Literary categories from the 17th and 18th centuries in America
  • Oral tradition
  • Common themes of American Indian literature
  • Puritan writing
  • Secular and religious literary perspectives

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 Native American and colonial literature lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Native American and colonial literature and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Native American and colonial literature
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Native American and colonial literature

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson called Native American & Colonial Literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify three major categories of literature from the 17th and 18th centuries in America
  • Define and give an example of oral tradition
  • Identify four commonalities in early Native American literature
  • Understand the influences the Puritans had on early American literature
  • Know the influence political writing had on early American literature