Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works


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Which of the following is a source that modern writers draw on as they write their own works?

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1. What are myths?

2. What are fairy tales?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Although it's called modern fiction, many of the themes, characters and conflicts described in modern stories and novels are rooted in ancient, oral or religious works that have influenced and shaped different cultures throughout history. These assessments examine your knowledge about the sources of modern fiction, including myths, fairy tales, fables and the Bible.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following topics:

  • The definition of fables
  • Characteristics of fairy tales
  • Types of sources that inspire modern fiction
  • The scope of the Bible
  • Mythology's contribution to modern fiction

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - make sure you can read information about some of the sources of modern fiction and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain how writers adapt traditional, cultural and literary sources for modern fiction
  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the types of popular sources used in modern fiction

Additional Learning

For a better understanding of the types of material authors tap to write stories and novels, read the accompanying lesson, Sources of Modern Fiction: Myths, Traditional Stories & Religious Works. The lesson enables you to meet the following goals:

  • Understand the purpose of myths, tales and legends
  • Describe how biblical themes are used in modern fiction
  • List examples of modern fiction that draw on fables and fairy tales
  • Explain how traditional literary sources illuminate modern issues and conflicts