Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography and Autobiography 2
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Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography and Autobiography 2

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Stories are written in several ways, including as fiction, as non-fiction, as a biography or as an autobiography.

Fiction: A work of fiction is a piece of work that is imagined or made up.

Although it can contain true facts, the body of the work is not based on any real events or persons.

Non-fiction: A work of non-fiction is a piece of work that can be based on facts that include actual things, events, dates, places and/or people but these are not the main focus of the book.

The non-fiction book is more instructional or informational. An example would be a dictionary or an encyclopedia as both contain true facts but do not focus on any person’s actual life experiences. Cook books and song books would also be classified as pieces of non-fiction.

Biography: A biography is a history that a person writes about the facts and life of a real person currently existing or who existed in the past.

Autobiography: An autobiography is a piece of writing about one’s own history, experiences, facts and life. The information given in the writing comes from the direct source, i.e., the author. It does not come from an outside source. A good example of an autobiography would be a person’s personal diary or journal.

For each sentence or group of sentences below, find the answer that identifies whether it is a work of fiction, non-fiction, a biography or an autobiography.
1.
Finding a quiet little corner in the attic by a small window, I sat down. With gentle care I opened the book in my hands. It was my great-grandmother’s personal journal. My hopes were that I would get to know all about her by the end of my reading.
Fiction
Non-fiction
Biography
Autobiography
Diaries, journals and memoirs are all pieces of writing written in the first person or, in other words, are written by the author. In this series of sentences, we learn that the writer is about to read the journal of their great-grandmother. Although the writer wrote the above-sentences, the great-grandmother wrote the journal about her own life’s experiences. Therefore, the journal is an autobiography of the great-grandmother’s life. Answer (d) is the correct answer.
2.
I personally believe that The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the best books regarding what it was like to be Jewish during the Third Reich.
Fiction
Non-fiction
Biography
Autobiography
Diaries, journals and memoirs are all pieces of writing written in the first person or, in other words, are written by the author. The Diary of Anne Frank was written by Anne herself while she was in hiding during WWII. This sentence is, therefore, referring to an autobiography. Answer (d) is the correct answer.
3.
When I was young, math was easy. Now that I’m getting up there in age, I forget a lot of things so my husband, for our anniversary if you can imagine, bought me a book, Math for Real Life Dummies by Barry Schoenborn. I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry.
Fiction
Non-fiction
Biography
Autobiography
The writer in this sentence is referring to a book that her husband gave her to help her with math issues. As it is a book that provides instructions, it is not a work of fiction, nor a biography or autobiography. It is a work of non-fiction. Answer (b) is the correct answer.
4.
The Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook was a perfect gift to give to Marie who loves to bake all the time.
Fiction
Non-fiction
Biography
Autobiography
The writer in this sentence is referring to a book that Marie would love. The book is a cookbook. Cookbooks are not works of a biography, an autobiography or fiction. Rather, they are instructional pieces of work on real things, i.e., cooking and baking. This sentence, therefore, refers the reader to a non-fiction book. Answer (b) is the correct answer.
5.
I wasn’t a great pianist but I did play rather well. That came from not only hours of practicing but from years of practicing. Of course, I also had an amazing, and very patient, teacher!
Fiction
Non-fiction
Biography
Autobiography
In this group of sentences we have a person speaking about his or herself. Therefore, we know that the writer is talking about their own experience. When writing about your own life and experiences, this is known as an autobiography. Answer (d) is, therefore, the correct answer.
6.
The Harry Potter series of books are loved by people of all ages. They sometimes make you wish you were a witch or warlock too.
Fiction
Non-fiction
Biography
Autobiography
First off, Harry Potter is not a real person. In addition, none of the events in the Harry Potter series are about real events that occurred. Because Harry is not a real person, the Harry Potter series is not a biography nor is it an autobiography. And since it is not about real events or people, it is not a non-fiction work. What the Harry Potter series is, therefore, is a series of fiction. Answer (a) is the correct answer.
7.
My most favorite book of all is Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. It was first published in 1936.
Fiction
Non-fiction
Biography
Autobiography
Although the book mentioned includes actual events of the American Civil War, the characters in the book are not real people and the events surrounding them are not totally factual either. The book is not a biography about any specific person nor is it an autobiography. In addition, it is also not an instructional book. It is, however, a masterful piece of fiction that gives the reader a peek into what life was like for many during the Civil War. Answer (a) is, therefore, the correct answer here.
8.
Have you seen the movie The Fourth Kind? It is all about alien abductions taking place in Nome, Alaska. It gave me the creeps when I saw it. I definitely knew afterwards that I would never go to Nome, Alaska. It was weeks before a friend of mine told me it wasn’t real. Imagine that! It sure felt real to me.
Fiction
Non-fiction
Biography
Autobiography
Although the movie mentioned takes place in a real place and is done in a documentary fashion, the characters are not about real people or events. Therefore, the movie is not a non-fiction piece of work nor is it a biography or autobiography. It is, however, a scary piece of fiction that fooled many people into believing it was real. Answer (a) is, therefore, the correct answer here.
9.
I have always been a Jackson 5 fan, especially a Michael Jackson fan. So, when I found a copy of Michael Jackson A life in Music written by Geoff Brown, I just had to buy it!
Fiction
Non-fiction
Biography
Autobiography
In this series of sentences, the writer directs the reader to a book about Michael Jackson. Michael was a real person who was one of the most popular solo artists in the world. The book the writer found was written by a man named Geoff Brown. The book is, therefore, not a piece of fiction. Since Michael Jackson did not personally write the book, it is not an autobiography. The book also is not instructional or informational on things, places and dates. Rather, the book focuses on a life in music through the author’s eyes. Therefore, Answer (c) is the correct answer needed here.
10.
Our history teacher wanted the class to read Thomas Paine and the Promise of America by Harvey J. Kaye. He said it would give us a better understanding of the man who played a large part in early American history.
Fiction
Non-fiction
Biography
Autobiography
In this series of sentences, the writer directs the reader to a book about Thomas Paine. Mr. Paine was a real person who played a role in early U.S. History. The book the teacher directs the reader to read was written by a man named Harvey J. Kaye. The book is, therefore, not a piece of fiction. Since Mr. Paine did not personally write it, the book is not an autobiography. The book also is not instructional or informational on things, places and dates. Rather, the book focuses on the life of Thomas Paine through the author’s eyes. Therefore, Answer (c) is the correct answer needed here.
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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