Contemporary Young Adult Fiction: Topics, Themes & Place


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Which of the following is a prominent feature in dystopian literature?

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1. Which of the following is NOT characteristic of young adult literature before 1985

2. The type of young adult literature that has been called 'Sick Lit' usually deals with what subject?

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

Young adult fiction fills the gap between books intended for children and adult fiction, and it has a tendency to address issues that are important to teenagers in particular. Use these practice questions in the quiz/worksheet combo to focus on the most significant information about past and current trends in YA fiction.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In this assessment, you will be tested on:

  • Prominent feature of dystopian literature
  • Characteristics of YA literature before and after 1985
  • Definition of sick lit
  • Common topics addressed in young adult fiction
  • Changes in YA literature over the past 50 years

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on themes in YA literature
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding past and current trends in YA literature
  • Defining key concepts-ensure that you can accurately define main concepts such as dystopian literature

Additional Learning

To learn more about themes in YA literature, review the following lesson Contemporary Young Adult Fiction: Topics, Themes & Place. Objectives addressed include:

  • Understand common themes present in YA literature
  • Know the old formula for YA fiction
  • Recognize the shift in themes and form that occurred in the 1980's
  • Analyze current trends, including dystopian literature and sick lit
  • Understand how the definition of this genre has changed
  • Consider possible future trends in this genre