Characteristics of Oral Tradition in World Literature


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The oral tradition refers to a mode of storytelling in which the stories are communicated in what way?

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1. What literary genre is most associated with the oral tradition?

2. What is a name that some cultures used for the trained storytellers who memorized and repeated stories in the oral tradition?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

World literature has had oral traditions in a variety of cultures for centuries. With these assessment tools, you'll be quizzed on aspects of the oral tradition, like the way these stories were passed down and a genre of literature from the oral tradition.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Make sure you've grasped the following for the quiz:

  • A name for trained storytellers in the oral tradition
  • Picking out what is and is not a story from the oral tradition on a given list
  • Type of writing that has rhythm and/or alliteration

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the oral tradition in world literature, like what a trained storyteller was called in some cultures
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the oral tradition to name the literary genre it's most closely associated with
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the way stories are communicated in the oral tradition

Additional Learning

You can learn more about the history of literature with the lesson named Characteristics of Oral Tradition in World Literature. The following key concepts will be discussed:

  • Oral tradition examples
  • Modern cultures that still rely on the oral tradition
  • Definition of 'prose'