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A Guide to the More Common Literary Genres


in which action takes a lead role. Adventure stories are often out of doors, physical and sometimes violent. Plot is more more important than character or theme, as the reader wonders what will happen next!


  • H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines
  • Baroness Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
  • Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Gary Paulsen, Hatchet

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Action/Adventure Questions to get you started

1. Describe a specific outdoor place depicted in the story.

2. Draw a map of where the action in this story takes place. Be specific to the main events and add your own symbols and legend. Name the known places (as written in the story) and add your own creative names to other landmarks that may not be in the story but would enhance the setting.

3. What happened just before and after the actual story? Write an introduction to the first scene and a conclusion to the last scene.

4. In the story the main character often has to overcome a number of obstacles. Describe two serious obstacles and describe how the character was able to master them.

5. List what type of outdoor/adventure skills would be an asset to the characters in the story and at what points they would need to use them. Think about survival skills, first aid, canoeing, climbing, etc.

6. Do you think it is possible for this story to have been true? Write the conclusion of this story as a newspaper report. Begin with an ‘eye-catching’ headline. In the body of your report don’t forget to answer the 5W’s (who, what, where, why and when).

7. What kinds of animals were in this story?

Major genres (fiction) Click on a genre for detailed information

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