Short Story Elements Pretest

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Short Story Elements Pretest

This quiz will determine your knowledge of some of the more common elements of short stories


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is NOT a characteristic of a short story?
    • A. 

      Tells about a single event or experience

    • B. 

      Creates an impression on the reader

    • C. 

      Non-fiction

    • D. 

      Usually 500-15,000 words in length

  • 2. 
    This is the underlying message of a literary work.  It is the "message" the writer is trying to convey (to show)..
    • A. 

      Mood

    • B. 

      Genre

    • C. 

      Idea

    • D. 

      Theme

  • 3. 
    The air was hot, the sand even hotter.  There wasn't any grass as far as the eye could see.  The sky was radiant blue and the sun's rays were baking everything around me. I realized the desert was NOT the place to be!!This is an example of what short story element?
    • A. 

      Plot

    • B. 

      Setting

    • C. 

      Atmosphere

    • D. 

      Device

  • 4. 
    The person or event that goes AGAINST the protagonist of short stories is known as the _______________.
    • A. 

      Antagonist

    • B. 

      Protagonist

    • C. 

      Antigone

    • D. 

      Prothagrias

  • 5. 
    The MAIN CHARACTER or (most of the time) the hero of a short story.
    • A. 

      Antagonist

    • B. 

      Protagonist

    • C. 

      Antigone

    • D. 

      Prothagrias

  • 6. 
    This is the highest point in a short story, usually the most exciting.
    • A. 

      Finale

    • B. 

      Height

    • C. 

      Climax

    • D. 

      Pinnacle

  • 7. 
    The events following the climax, where things are 'tied together' and the story concludes is called the:
    • A. 

      Resolution

    • B. 

      The End

    • C. 

      Overture

    • D. 

      Finale

  • 8. 
    The problem in a short story that needs to be resolved is called the:
    • A. 

      Drama

    • B. 

      Conflict

    • C. 

      Tension

    • D. 

      Cheesecake

  • 9. 
    If you read this sentence in a story, "I climbed the mountain in order to find the top" you would be able to quickly know the story was being told in ____________  ______________ Point of View?
    • A. 

      First Person

    • B. 

      Second Person

    • C. 

      Third Person

  • 10. 
    "She bought a new dress with money she had earned working at McDonald's" is an example of which type of Point of View?
    • A. 

      First Person

    • B. 

      Second Person

    • C. 

      Third Person

  • 11. 
    "You will buy a new car and then take that car to the track" is an example of which type of Point of View? (NOT usually used in literature!!)
    • A. 

      First Person

    • B. 

      Second Person

    • C. 

      Third Person

  • 12. 
    Answer the following question on your own paper: From the following excerpt, find two of each:  Nouns, pronouns, action verbs and subjects.  Find one interjection. List your answers like the example below:  ex. Nouns: cat, dog       Verbs:  swim, kick Inside, he quietly enjoyed being a football player.  Wow, did it mean a lot to him!  This Saturday he will make his way down to the stadium for the big game.  Last week it was against Henderson State.  The game was very close.  He had intercepted one errant pass and ran it back almost for a touchdown.  The fans in the bleachers erupted in thunderous applause.  In the end they lost by 3 points.  This week he hoped to achieve a victory and end the season in winning fashion.  "Certainly we have the talent to do it," he thought to himself.
  • 13. 
    In thinking about the elements of a short story and the Plot Line ---which of the following is the correct term for the BEGINNING of a story?
    • A. 

      Beginning

    • B. 

      Resolution

    • C. 

      Exceptional

    • D. 

      Exposition

  • 14. 
    The sequence of events of a story are known as..........
    • A. 

      Characters

    • B. 

      Plot line

    • C. 

      Setting

    • D. 

      Theme

  • 15. 
    Which of the following are elements of a short story?  (check ALL that apply/are correct)
    • A. 

      Short story

    • B. 

      Fiction

    • C. 

      Theme

    • D. 

      Characters

    • E. 

      Setting

    • F. 

      Plot

    • G. 

      Point of view

  • 16. 
    In the story "Cinderella", the Fairy Godmother who magically helps her is known as the short story's antagonist.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    A universal theme is ..............
    • A. 

      A story with a lot of events

    • B. 

      A message in the story that can be used with everyone

    • C. 

      Believing in the message in the story and caring about it to try to help everyone.

    • D. 

      Can be applied to all the stars in the sky

  • 18. 
    Please read the following selection and answer the next 3 questions based on the short selection: The blaring alarm clock went off, and Carlos jumped out of his bed. Normally, Carlos would have turned off the alarm and gone back to sleep, but today was a special day. Carlos found his favorite old sneakers, searched for his "good luck" shirt, and packed the items in his overnight bag. Carlos was finally going fishing with his dad and older brother.  Every year his dad and older brother went for a weekend fishing trip, but they always told him that he was too young. Now, one year later, he would be given the chance to show that he could fish with the big guys. Not only did he have his gear ready, he practiced the fishing techniques that he had learned in his fishing magazines. Since they didn't live near any water, he pretended his backyard was a lake filled with fish. He didn't need water to learn how to cast his rod. Even in his mind, he visualized how he would catch the biggest fish.  In fact, in his dream last night, he snagged a big bass on his hook. Fighting to release itself from the deadly hook, the bass pulled their boat a few yards. What a dream! Now, he was determined to make his dream into reality, so he carefully picked up his fishing pole and gear. At 5:15 a.m. he was in the car and ready to go. There was only one problem. Where were his fellow fishing buddies? Slowly his fishing buddies dragged themselves to the car. How could they be asleep at such an exciting time like this? His big brother questioned, "Carlos, where are all your fishing magazines? You know it won't do you any good." "We will see who catches the most fish," Carlos confidently replied. Carlos knew in is heart that his dream would come true. CARLOS CAN BEST BE DESCRIBED AS:
    • A. 

      Lazy

    • B. 

      Enthusiastic

    • C. 

      Scared

    • D. 

      Sincere

  • 19. 
    The THEME of the passage is
    • A. 

      Never give up on your dreams.

    • B. 

      You should have a close relationship with your brother.

    • C. 

      You need to read about your hobby.

    • D. 

      It is important to start every day early in the morning.

  • 20. 
    Which of the following did NOT happen in the story about Carlos?
    • A. 

      Carlos found a new pair of shoes.

    • B. 

      Carlos waited in the car for his dad and brother

    • C. 

      Carlos turned off the alarm and went back to sleep.

    • D. 

      Carlos had dreams about catching a big fish.

  • 21. 
    Which of the following is an example of an INTERNAL CONFLICT?
    • A. 

      Man vs Man

    • B. 

      Man vs Nature

    • C. 

      Man vs Society

    • D. 

      Man vs Himself

  • 22. 
    What is a speaker or character who tells a story?
    • A. 

      Narrator

    • B. 

      Speaker

    • C. 

      Protagonist

    • D. 

      Antagonist

  • 23. 
    When a character has a disease and must fight against it both emotionally and physically, it's an example of:
    • A. 

      A problem

    • B. 

      Man vs. man conflict

    • C. 

      Man vs. society conflict

    • D. 

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  • 24. 
    If a short story is told from the narrator's point of view and the narrator is NOT in the story (he/she/they are used in the story), it would be told from 
    • A. 

      1st Person POV

    • B. 

      2nd Person POV

    • C. 

      3rd Person POV

    • D. 

      3rd Person Omniscient POV

  • 25. 
    If a story is told from the narrator's point of view, he's not in the story (reader sees He/She/They used throughout) and we, as readers, know what ALL characters are thinking/feeling, then it's being told from:
    • A. 

      1st Person POV

    • B. 

      2nd Person POV

    • C. 

      3rd Person POV

    • D. 

      3rd Person Omniscient POV

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