Motif Quiz Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email Definition & ExamplesQuizFlashcardsWorksheets 1. What is the difference between a motif and a theme? There is no difference: they are one and the same. The theme is concrete and can be paraphrased, while motifs are abstract and cannot. A motif is more tangible than a theme which is usually more extensive and more abstract. Motif is another name for symbol and symbols point to a theme. 2. When is a motif considered synonymous when topos? When it reappears throughout many different works. When the recurring element in a literary work is an actual place. When it appears merely in a single work. When it appears no more than three times within a single work. 3. When is motif more appropriately referred to as leitmotif? When an element is repeated across many works. When an element reoccurs within a single work. When the motif in question is the interplay between light and dark. When the motif is not much different from the theme of a work. 4. What is one of the main differences between motif and symbol? Symbols are more tangible than motifs. Symbols are visible; motifs are not. Symbols reappear much more often than motifs within a single work. Symbols are somewhat more evident than motifs, even though used more sparsely. Loading … (Further Reading: Quiz Collection of All Literary Devices) Write A Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.