Parable in Literature: Definition & Examples


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A parable is a short narrative that serves to verbally illustrate a…

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1. Which of these alternative meanings for the Greek verb paraballein DOES NOT contribute to defining the 'parable'?

2. Parables are most often seen in what sort of context?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Can you define the term 'parable' and explain the history of this form of writing? You'll need to do both if you want to pass this short quiz, as well as answering questions on other facts about parables.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

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

  • What parables try to illustrate
  • Greek origins of the word 'parable'
  • Contexts in which parables are mostly seen
  • Hebrew origins of the parables of Jesus
  • Cross-cultural contexts in the parable of The Prodigal Son

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on parables in literature
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of parables and apply it across cultures
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the history of parables

Additional Learning

Keep studying this literary topic via the accompanying lesson, Parable in Literature: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know three characteristics of the parable
  • Identify The Prodigal Son as an example of parable
  • Examine The Emperor's New Clothes in the context of parables
  • Explore how The Good Samaritan is a parable