Praying Mantis: Symbolism & Meaning


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What is a distinguishing physical characteristic of a praying mantis?

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1. In many cultures, the praying mantis is most commonly a symbol of what?

2. What does the word mantis mean?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet is designed to test your understanding of facts about what the praying mantis symbolizes and what it can represent. You will need to know about the physical characteristics of a mantis and the meaning of its name in order to answer all quiz questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Your ability to do the following will be tested when you use this assessment:

  • List a distinguishing characteristic(s) of a praying mantis
  • Identify what a praying mantis most commonly symbolizes
  • Define 'mantis'
  • Name what type of woman the mantis commonly represents in art
  • State what martial art form was inspired by the praying mantis

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as the physical features of a praying mantis
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define mantis
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what the praying mantis most commonly symbolizes
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what the praying mantis represents and a martial art form it inspired

Additional Learning

Get more details about this fascinating insect and what it might represent using the lesson titled Praying Mantis: Symbolism & Meaning. Information found in this lesson includes:

  • The number of species of praying mantises
  • What praying mantises eat
  • What the French, Muslims and Greeks each believe about the praying mantis
  • What is thought about the praying mantis in Africa