'Theme' is the meaning or message of a literary work. Unlike other forms of writing, poetry, stories and plays never state their themes outright. Instead the reader must pay close attention to language, mood, dialogue, character, plot and any other devices which the writer uses to convey the message. Practise your ability to decipher these messages by trying this quiz. Even if you have not read the text before, pay close attention to the brief passages given in the question and you will be able to decide which theme is conveyed.
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