What is Symbolism in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples


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What is symbolism?

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1. Which of the following is an example of symbolism in literature?

2. Identify the metaphor listed below.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Symbolism is a literary device used by many writers, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of this literary device. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include the definition of symbolism and examples of symbolism and metaphor.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of symbolism
  • Defining and identifying metaphor
  • The definition of allegory

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related symbolism in literature lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as allegory and symbolism
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can accurately identify examples of symbolism and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about symbolism, you can watch the video lesson titled, What is Symbolism in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define symbolism
  • Define metaphor and give an example of metaphor
  • Define allegory and give an example of allegory
  • Identify six types of symbolism that might be used in a literary work