Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples


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What does the imagery in the poem Harlem by Langston Hughes symbolize?

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1. How does symbolism make writing stronger?

2. In Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening, a caged parrot and mockingbird, a pigeon house, and a broken-winged bird are all symbols representing _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Symbolism and imagery are used in many ways in literature, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of them. Some authors you'll be assessed on include Sylvia Plath and Langston Hughes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

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

  • Imagery used in poetry
  • Use of symbolism in well-known literature
  • Select works of Sylvia Plath, Langston Hughes and Kate Chopin

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Making connections - use symbolism and imagery to better understand literature
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding symbolism and imagery in Animal Farm

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson called Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the uses of symbolism and imagery
  • Identify and interpret examples of symbolism and imagery
  • Know important authors and texts