How does one make a three-question quiz about the literary word parable?

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Tamara K. H. | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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To complete your assignment, you first want to gain a thorough understanding of exactly what a parable is. Parables are short stories that use figurative language such as metaphors and symbolism to explain a "moral or religious lesson" ("All American: Glossary of Literary Terms, P"). The most well-known parables are found in the Bible, in the New Testament, particularly spoken by Jesus. Some examples are "The Parable of the Good Samaritan" and "The Parable of Prodigal Son" ("Parable in Literature: Definition & Examples"). The story of the good Samaritan tells a lesson about helping those in need, even if those in need are your enemy; the story of the prodigal son gives a moral lesson about forgiveness, especially the father's forgiveness of a wild son ("Parable in Literature"). However, parables were written in other literary sources and are found in other cultures as well. Aesop was a famous Ancient Greek writer who wrote fables based on animal stories. The collection is called Aesop's Fables.

To be able to write your quiz, think about the parables you've studied so far. Think about context clues or symbols that make the moral lessons in the stories apparent. Think about what those moral lessons are. You can even think about why ancient parables are still culturally relevant today.

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gkopf | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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You could use a passage in your quiz.  Summarize three stories, and ask the students which one is the parable.

Other questions:

  1. How is a parable different from a fable? (Fables use animals or nature to illustrate a lesson, while parables use human characters)
  2. Who is the most famous teller of parables? (Jesus)
  3. Read this short parable.  What is the lesson at the end? (Give them a shortened parable like The Good Samaritan).

These might work if you have read some parables in class.  

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