Survey Literature 7.3.2 Quiz

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A biography is a written trued account of someone’s life, it can be written in first or second person point of view. Test your knowledge on the evolution of biography writing and the types of biographies that exist by taking the simple quiz below. Give it a try and good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which is NOT a major development of the biography genre through history.
    • A. 

      Greece and Rome

    • B. 

      Middle Ages to Renaissance

    • C. 

      The American era

  • 2. 
    The writer credited with writing the very first modern biography is:
    • A. 

      Desiderius Erasmus

    • B. 

      St. Augustine

    • C. 

      James Boswell

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is a hallmark of the modern biography?
    • A. 

      Includes foucs on ordinary people and NOT just kings, rulers and saints

    • B. 

      Allows subject to speak in his or her own words

    • C. 

      All of the above

  • 4. 
    In general, biographies have trended from what to since their start to today?
    • A. 

      From dealing with normal, everday people to dealing with only rich, famous people

    • B. 

      From dealing with only rich, famous people to dealing with everyday, normal people

    • C. 

      None of the above- biographies have always ONLY dealt with famous, rich people

  • 5. 
    Which of the following is the best description for the type of biography known as an authentic biography?
    • A. 

      A biography that deals with only factual information; everything not backed by a reliable primary sources is not included

    • B. 

      A biography of someone from his or her birth to his or her death

    • C. 

      A biography that relies more on the author's imagination that on historical fact

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is the best description for the type of biography known as the collective biography?
    • A. 

      A biography that weaves together the life story of MORE than one person whose lives have something in common

    • B. 

      A biography of someone from his birth to his death

    • C. 

      A biography includes: fake dialalogue or situations that may be believable but are not backed by real sources

  • 7. 
    • A. 

      A biography that weaves together the life story of MORE than one person whose lives have something in common

    • B. 

      A biography of someone from his birth to his death

    • C. 

      A biography that relies more on the author's imagination than on actual historical fact

  • 8. 
    . Read the following section from a biography and pick the option below that best describes the type of biography it is most likely from. When he passed away, Juan Ginobli's famous accordion had been in his possession for over 50 years. A sales slip from Arturo and Sons' Musical Instruments of Buenos Aires, dated 1945, indicates the sale of an Italian-made Piazzola chromatic accordion to a J. Paternoso.
    • A. 

      Authentic biography

    • B. 

      Fictionalized biography

    • C. 

      Biographical fiction

  • 9. 
    Read the following section from a biography and pick the option below that best describes the type of biography it is most likely from. Horatio P. Hossenfeffer was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in August of 1815. He went to school and then graduated from Harvard. He worked for many years, married once, and had four children. He died in July of 1910. He had that moustache the whole time.
    • A. 

      Complete biography

    • B. 

      Partial biography

    • C. 

      Biographical fiction

  • 10. 
    • A. 

      Ask how the writer's perspective might affect his or her view of the facts

    • B. 

      Ask meaningful questions about the writer, his or her research and the evidence

    • C. 

      All of the above