Writing And Literature: Direct/Indirect Characterization Quiz

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Writing And Literature: Direct/Indirect Characterization Quiz

In writing and literature, the terms ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’ characterization refer to how a narrator describes a character and allows their personalities to unfold in front of you. Direct characterization is when the narrator outright tells you something about the character. In contrast, its indirect counterpart allows you to figure things out based on what the character says or does themselves. Do you know the difference? Let’s find out.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    They were clods, the whole gang of them.
    • A. 

      Direct

    • B. 

      Indirect

  • 2. 
    She was surprisingly strong for a girl of such petite stature. Her fiery determination usually matched her auburn hair, but not today for the first time since meeting Mr. Black she was afraid.
    • A. 

      Direct

    • B. 

      Indirect

  • 3. 
    The old mechanic hated modern electronics, preferring the old days when all he needed was a stack of manuals and a good set of tools.
    • A. 

      Direct

    • B. 

      Indirect

  • 4. 
    Julie held up six different outfits in front of the mirror and pondered which would go best with her navy blue shoes, pastel eye shadow and the diamond earrings she’d already procured from her overflowing vanity. After ninety minutes of mixing and matching, and cell-phoning her sister three times for advice, Julie finally made up her mind.
    • A. 

      Direct

    • B. 

      Indirect

  • 5. 
    Julie owned a multitude of outfits and accessories, and it always took her forever to decide which combination might impress Trent. As usual, she called her sister several times for advice. After doing so, Julie decided to give the navy blue skirt with the white sweater a try.
    • A. 

      Direct

    • B. 

      Indirect

  • 6. 
      lMr Chong, whom I secretly nicknamed Old Chong, was very strange, always tapping his fingers to the silent music of an invisible orchestra.  
    • A. 

      Direct

    • B. 

      Indirect

  • 7. 
    At once, Laura's throat clamped tight like a hinged lid.  It was as if she had eyes in the back of her head, so she clearly could see Dianne and Steve grinning at her, waiting for her to make a fool of herself, again.
    • A. 

      Direct

    • B. 

      Indirect

  • 8. 
    Peter was bored with the TV program, but the remote control was across the room, so he just watched it anyway. Jan would be in soon, and she could get the remote control for him then.
    • A. 

      Direct

    • B. 

      Indirect

  • 9. 
    Peter was very lazy, and would never move himself more than was absolutely necessary.
    • A. 

      Direct

    • B. 

      Indirect

  • 10. 
    "That was a pretty good poem that you wrote for English class.  YOur stuff is so good.  I wish I could write like you," Rachel said.
    • A. 

      Direct

    • B. 

      Indirect