Pathetic Fallacy in Literature: Definition & Examples


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Pathetic fallacy is a literary device wherein the author attributes human emotions to:

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1. The term pathetic fallacy was coined in the Victorian era by:

2. The term 'pathetic fallacy':

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the pathetic fallacy. You'll be assessed on your ability to identify and define examples of this literary device.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

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

  • Definition of pathetic fallacy
  • Literary critic who coined the term
  • Uses for the literary device
  • Pathetic fallacy examples

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as pathetic fallacy
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the literary critic who coined the term
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about uses of the pathetic fallacy

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson titled Pathetic Fallacy in Literature: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the definition of pathetic fallacy
  • Understand the history of the term
  • Know important authors and works
  • Identify examples of pathetic fallacy