What Are Myths? - Definition, Types & Examples


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A story about the Greek god Poseidon and his brother Zeus could best be described as a:

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1. Which of the following describes a mythological hero?

2. Which of the following are types of myths?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A myth is a story that explains how the world came to be the way it is, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the form. You'll be assessed on your understanding of the characteristics and types of myths.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Description of a mythological hero
  • Types of myths
  • Culture(s) that developed myths
  • Oral tradition of myths

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the different classifications of myths
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the characteristic(s) of a mythological hero

Additional Learning

To learn more about mythology, review the accompanying lesson titled What Are Myths? - Definition, Types & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the defining characteristics of myths
  • Identify important characters
  • Understand the purpose of mythology
  • Differentiate types of myths