Novella: Definition & Overview


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How many pages does the typical novella run?

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1. Which of the following books is NOT considered a novella?

2. How does a novella typically differ from a full-length novel?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A novella is longer than a short story but shorter than a novel, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the form. You'll be assessed on your ability to identify characteristics and examples of novellas.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Typical length of novellas
  • Examples of this form of literature
  • Differences between novellas and full-length novels

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about the differences between full-length novels and novellas
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify important novellas, such as 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and 'Heart of Darkness'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding films based on novellas
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about authors of novellas

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson on the Novella. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the definition of novella
  • Understand strengths and weaknesses of the form
  • Identify examples of novellas
  • Explore the history of the novella