Short Story Elements Quiz 2016

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There are five elements that make up a short story that is, the plot, character, point of view, setting and theme. A good understanding of these five elements can assist on being a better writer and understand stories more. Take the test below to assess your understanding of these story elements. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    SCALE LEVEL 2: What type of irony is present: Lois Lane, a reporter at the Daily Planet, is in love with the superhero Superman.  She is obsessed with him, and always asks her co-worker, Clark Kent for information about him.  She thinks that Clark and Superman are friends.  However, Clark is actually Superman in disguise and is very much in love with Lois, but she won’t give Clark the time of day.
    • A. 

      Verbal irony

    • B. 

      Dramatic irony

    • C. 

      Situational irony

    • D. 

      No irony

  • 2. 
    SCALE LEVEL 2: What type of irony is present: A son reluctantly walked outside to meet his father in the yard at 6:00 on a Saturday morning.  “Are you ready to do some yard work?” his father asked.  “Yeah, I can’t wait,” the boy replied.
    • A. 

      Verbal irony

    • B. 

      Dramatic irony

    • C. 

      Situational irony

    • D. 

      No irony

  • 3. 
    SCALE LEVEL 2: What type of irony is present: Janice begins to receive threatening notes in the mail and on her car.  Then, a car tries to run her over in a dark parking lot.  She can’t see who the driver is.  She goes to her best friend Doug for help.  However, her attacker keeps trying to kill her.  Finally, Doug has her come stay with him at his cabin so she will be safe.  Then, he reveals that HE is the attacker!!
    • A. 

      Verbal irony

    • B. 

      Dramatic irony

    • C. 

      Situational irony

    • D. 

      No irony

  • 4. 
    SCALE LEVEL 2: What type of irony is present: Cinderella, a penniless house slave to her step-mother and two step-sisters, goes to a ball held for the prince.  The prince believes that Cinderella is a royal lady since she is at the ball and is so beautiful.  He falls in love with her not knowing that she is a maid in her step-mother’s house.
    • A. 

      Verbal irony

    • B. 

      Dramatic irony

    • C. 

      Situational irony

    • D. 

      No irony

  • 5. 
    SCALE LEVEL 2: What type of irony is present: When this movie opens, we see a town and the setting appears to be early-Colonial America (i.e. the Puritans).  The town is attacked regularly by creepy rat-like monsters in red cloaks.  One of the members of the town falls very ill, and they need to send someone to another town for medical supplies.  They choose to send a blind girl in the town, who leaves on her journey, having to run from the monsters.  When she reaches the main road, a truck picks her up and we realize that the setting is not early-American but present day!
    • A. 

      Verbal irony

    • B. 

      Dramatic irony

    • C. 

      Situational irony

    • D. 

      No irony

  • 6. 
    SCALE LEVEL 2: What type of irony is present: Ashley is six feet tall. She will only date guys who are 6’3 and above.  One night, she saw a guy who was less than 5 feet tall.  She said, “Yeah, he definitely meets my height requirement.”
    • A. 

      Verbal irony

    • B. 

      Dramatic irony

    • C. 

      Situational irony

    • D. 

      No irony

  • 7. 
    SCALE LEVEL 3: What is the effect of the irony in this passage? Tom has always liked Lucy, but Lucy has always thought Tom was annoying and unattractive.  One day, Lucy comes home to find an eviction notice on her door.  Apparently, her roommate had been spending the rent money that Lucy was giving her on other things.  Lucy only has 24 hours to get all her stuff over to her mom’s house, and Lucy doesn’t even have a car.  But Tom has a truck.  So Lucy calls up Tom and asks him how he’s doing.  She tells him that she’s always thought he was funny, and that they should hang out sometime.  Tom thinks that Lucy has finally come around is beginning to like her.  He also thinks that his jokes are funny because she is laughing after everything that he says.
    • A. 

      The reader feels sympathy for Lucy, because she had to break Tom's heart.

    • B. 

      The reader feels suspense, because they don't know what Lucy will do.

    • C. 

      The reader feels sympathy for Tom, because they know Lucy will break his heart.

    • D. 

      The reader feels that the passage is funny, because people getting their feelings hurt is funny.

  • 8. 
    What is symbolism?
    • A. 

      The use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.

    • B. 

      Inferencing

    • C. 

      An object

    • D. 

      None of the above

    • E. 

      A story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

  • 9. 
    Which of these is not an example of symbolism?
    • A. 

      Blue represents calmness

    • B. 

      I am cool

    • C. 

      Roses stand for romance

    • D. 

      Life is a roller coaster

  • 10. 
    A narrator is:
    • A. 

      A character that tells the story

    • B. 

      The speaker who tells the story

    • C. 

      A story within a story

    • D. 

      The perspective from which a story is told

  • 11. 
    In first person point-of-view, the story is told in the first person (ie: ____,_____,____). The reader sees and knows only as much as the narrator.
    • A. 

      He, she, they

    • B. 

      I, me, my

    • C. 

      It, that, this

    • D. 

      Him, her, they

  • 12. 
    The definition of point of view is?
    • A. 

      The person that talks the most.

    • B. 

      The position of the narrator in relation to the story.

    • C. 

      The chicken.

    • D. 

      The main character.

  • 13. 
    Tone is the expression of the author's and/or narrator's ___________ and ______________ in a story.
    • A. 

      Values/virtues

    • B. 

      Stereotypes/experiences

    • C. 

      Point-of-view/observations

    • D. 

      Attitude/emotions

  • 14. 
    True or Flase:A third person point-of-view story is told from all of the characters observations, thoughts, and feelings.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False - told from the limited observations, thoughts, and feelings of one character.

  • 15. 
    Crispy  Treats by LaDanna Wafford First, wash your hands and gather all of your materials.  Once you've done that, follow all of the directions in your cookbook.  Put the crispy treats in the oven and cook for 30-35.  While your treats cook you might want to clean your work space.  When you take the treats out of the oven, pour the honey and lemon sauce on immediately.  Once treats are cooled, you and your friends can enjoy. 
    • A. 

      First person

    • B. 

      Third person limited

    • C. 

      Second person

    • D. 

      Third person objective

  • 16. 
    He is a tough guy.
    • A. 

      Direct characterization

    • B. 

      Indirect characterization

  • 17. 
    Richard stole a cookie from the cookie jar.
    • A. 

      Direct characterization

    • B. 

      Indirect characterization

  • 18. 
    The store clerk makes a judgment on the woman because of what she is wearing.
    • A. 

      Direct characterization

    • B. 

      Indirect characterization

  • 19. 
    Cody had just gotten out of jail.  He still wears his handcuffs to remind himself of what he did.  He walks the streets looking for fights and people.
    • A. 

      Direct characterization

    • B. 

      Indirect characterization

  • 20. 
    Dustin is a playful person.  He is always getting into trouble for minor things, though.
    • A. 

      Direct characterization

    • B. 

      Indirect characterization

  • 21. 
    The disrespectful man deserved to have someone spit into his food.
    • A. 

      Direct characterization

    • B. 

      Indirect characterization

  • 22. 
    John practiced everyday for 2-3 hours after school to be the best basketball player he could be.
    • A. 

      Direct characterization

    • B. 

      Indirect characterization

  • 23. 
    Ms. Rooney is an amazing person and teacher.  She is simply the best.
    • A. 

      Direct characterization

    • B. 

      Indirect characterization

  • 24. 
    What is a static character?
    • A. 

      A character that changes throughout the plot.

    • B. 

      A character that stays the same throughout the plot.

    • C. 

      A character that has many vivid characteristics and is easily imaginable.

  • 25. 
    What is a dynamic character?
    • A. 

      A character that is different, or has a change of heart by the end of a story.

    • B. 

      A character that remains unchanged by the end of the story.

    • C. 

      A character that is in stark contrast with another character.

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