A Lesson Before Dying Symbols


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In Ernest Gaines' novel A Lesson Before Dying, what biblical scene is portrayed in a picture on the teacher's classroom wall?

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1. A Lesson Before Dying narrates the story of _____, who is executed for a murder he didn't commit.

2. In A Lesson Before Dying, _____ reminds Grant of the great state of Louisiana.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Symbolism is an important element in A Lesson Before Dying, and you can check your understanding of it with this worksheet and interactive quiz. You will be asked about main characters, biblical scenes portrayed in the novel, comparisons to Christ, Reverend Ambrose's feelings, and things that remind Grant of Louisiana.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz, questions will discuss:

  • Subject of A Lesson Before Dying
  • Biblical scene portrayed on classroom wall
  • Reminders of Louisiana
  • Reverend Ambrose's feelings
  • Comparisons to Christ in the novel

Skills Practiced

The following abilities will be utilized during your work:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about comparisons made to Christ in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding things that upset Reverend Ambrose and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about who the story of the novel is about
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the biblical scene portrayed on the classroom wall in the book

Additional Learning

The accompanying lesson, called A Lesson Before Dying Symbols, will expand upon your study of this literature topic. Some objectives of the lesson will include:

  • Know the plot and main characters of the novel
  • Identify a number of symbols in the book
  • Explain the purpose of each symbol and its significance to the story