The Bible as Literary Influence: References and Allusion


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Around what time was the King James Version of the Bible compiled?

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1. What story does Steinbeck's East of Eden roughly follow?

2. What biblical figure might Aslan represent in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Bible is a popular source of allusions in literature, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of how it's used. You will be assessed on your ability to identify examples from sample texts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

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

  • When the King James Version of the Bible was completed
  • Allusion in The Great Gatsby
  • The biblical story that's retold in Paradise Lost

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what story East of Eden portrays
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about King Aslan and the biblical person he may have portrayed

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, view the lesson entitled The Bible as Literary Influence: References and Allusion. This lesson covers the objectives found below:

  • Identify books and authors that used biblical plots
  • Name some of the authors who used biblical language in their literary works
  • Look at examples of authors and works that alluded and referred to the Bible