Direct And Indirect Characterization

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Direct And Indirect Characterization

Characterization i s the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character. Characterization is revealed through direct characterization and indirect characterization.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Identify the method of indirect characterization being used in this description: When he walked down the street, his swift stride was accompanied by a soft jingling sound coming from his tattered pants pocket. Unaware of his disheveled hair waving to and fro, Old Man Jensen gave a toothless grin to every suit that passed by.  
    • A. 

      The character's speech

    • B. 

      The character's inner thoughts

    • C. 

      The character's looks (appearance)

    • D. 

      The character's effect on others

  • 2. 
    Why is indirect characterization important?
    • A. 

      It allows the reader to decide what type of personality a character has without being told by the author. This can encourage the reader to pay closer attention to what a character is doing and saying in order to figure out what type of person he or she is.

    • B. 

      It tells the reader what type of person a character is so that the reader doesn't have to figure it out based on how the character acts and reacts.

    • C. 

      It encourages the author to use powerful adjectives to describe the character's personality at length.

    • D. 

      It is the only way in which an author is able to use figurative language to fully describe a character and the setting within a scene.

  • 3. 
    What is the difference between direct and indirect characterization?
    • A. 

      Indirect characterization shows the reader how a character behaves in order to convey his/her personality while direct characterization tells the reader directly what type of person he/she is.

    • B. 

      Direct characterization shows the reader how a character behaves in order to convey his/her personality while indirect characterization tells the reader directly what type of person he/she is.

    • C. 

      Indirect characterization shows the reader the personality of the character through his/her speech, thoughts, effect on others, actions, and/or looks in order to convey his/her personality while direct characterization tells the reader directly what type of person he/she is.

    • D. 

      Indirect characterization shows the reader the personality of the character through his/her speech, actions, thoughts, and/or feelings in order to convey his/her personality while direct characterization tells the reader directly what type of person he/she is.

  • 4. 
    Characterization is...   
    • A. 

      The central message in a story.

    • B. 

      The problem in a story.

    • C. 

      Biotic components are the living things that shape an ecosystem. A biotic factor is any living component that affects another organism, including animals that consume the organism in question, and the living food that the organism consumes. Each biotic factor needs energy to do work and food for proper growth. Biotic factors include human influence.

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 5. 
    A character who is so one-dimensional as to be predictable is: 
    • A. 

      Static

    • B. 

      flat

    • C. 

      Round

    • D. 

      Dynamic

  • 6. 
    The sailor rolled up his sleeve, revealing several tattoos. This is an example of:
    • A. 

      Indirect Characterization

    • B. 

      Direct Characterization

  • 7. 
    Determine whether the following is an example of direct or indirect characterization: "Shoot kid" - he grinned wolfishly - "them boys at the station know me by now." 
    • A. 

      Direct Characterization

    • B. 

      Indirect Characterization

    • C. 

      None of the above

  • 8. 
    Ron saw that a boy he knew was standing alone at recess time. Ron was having a great time playing with his friends, but he could tell that the boy was upset. He went over and asked the boy to play with him and his friends. What character trait best describes Ron? 
    • A. 

      Caring

    • B. 

      bossy

    • C. 

      Dishonest

    • D. 

      Impatient