The Elements Of The Short Story

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Short Story Element Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz will test students' knowledge of the basic elements of a short story.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which literary term (word) refers to the conflict or struggle that starts the action in a story?
    • A. 

      Drama

    • B. 

      Problem

    • C. 

      Rising Action

    • D. 

      Exposition

  • 2. 
    Which literary term refers to the people in a story?
    • A. 

      Characters

    • B. 

      Antagonist

    • C. 

      Persona

    • D. 

      Narrator

  • 3. 
    This term refers to the message about life that the readers learn.
    • A. 

      Sermon

    • B. 

      Topic

    • C. 

      Conflict

    • D. 

      Theme

  • 4. 
    This term refers to the part of the story where the conflict is resolved.
    • A. 

      Climax

    • B. 

      Denouement

    • C. 

      Finale

    • D. 

      Falling Action

  • 5. 
    Setting may include the following:
    • A. 

      The time, place, weather, social and moral beliefs

    • B. 

      The time, weather, characters and moral beliefs

    • C. 

      The time, place, characters and social beliefs

    • D. 

      The time, place, plot, characters and social beliefs

  • 6. 
    This is the introductory material which gives the setting, creates the tone, presents the characters, and presents other facts necessary to understanding the story.
    • A. 

      Rising Action

    • B. 

      Falling Action

    • C. 

      Exposition

    • D. 

      Beginning

  • 7. 
    The main character in the story is called the:
    • A. 

      Antagonist

    • B. 

      Narrator

    • C. 

      Protagonist

    • D. 

      Foil Character

  • 8. 
    This narrator  is a character in the story who can reveal only personal thoughts and feelings and what he or she sees and is told by other characters. He can’t tell us thoughts of other characters.
    • A. 

      Third Person Objective

    • B. 

      Third Person Limited

    • C. 

      Third Person Omniscient

    • D. 

      First Person

  • 9. 
    This narrator is an outsider who sees into the mind of one of the characters.
    • A. 

      Third Person Objective

    • B. 

      Third Person Limited

    • C. 

      Third Person Omniscient

    • D. 

      First Person

  • 10. 
    This part of the story is the result of the crisis. It is the high point of the story for the reader. Frequently, it is the moment of the highest interest and greatest emotion. The point at which the outcome of the conflict can be predicted.
    • A. 

      Problem

    • B. 

      Falling action

    • C. 

      Crisis

    • D. 

      Climax

  • 11. 
    The sequence of events of the story is called the _______________.
  • 12. 
    The action that comes after the climax is called the __________________.
  • 13. 
    The ____________________is the person or force which opposes the main character.
  • 14. 
    The point of view in the following extract is ________________:"When someone asks me what business I am in, I am seized with embarrassment: I blush and stammer, I who am otherwise known as a man of poise." from The Laugher by Heinrich Boll
  • 15. 
    The point of view in the following extract is ________________:"Mrs. Gage almost fell into the fire with joy. She had not seen her brother for many years, and, as he did not even acknowledge the Christmas card which she sent him every year, she thought that his miserly habits, well known to her from childhood, made him grudge even a penny stamp for a reply." from The Widow and the Parrot by Virginia Woolf
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