Excerpt: Definition & Examples


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An excerpt can be used to:

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1. Which of the following does not contain an excerpt?

2. In the following sentence, 'According to wolf biologists, 'Wolves are compassionate, social animals.' what is the excerpt and why?

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your understanding of the role of excerpts in writing. To pass the quiz, you'll need to be able to identify an excerpt and pick appropriate excerpts to support an argument or sentiment.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test your ability to:

  • Identify reasons to use an excerpt
  • Identify an excerpt in a piece of writing
  • Choose an appropriate excerpt to support an idea

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the role of excerpts in writing
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about excerpts in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained on the use of excerpts in writing
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about excerpts

Additional Learning

To learn more about this literary device, review the corresponding lesson on the Role of Excerpts in Writing. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define excerpt
  • Learn how to recognize an excerpt
  • Review examples of excerpts