Short Story Elements Quiz Questions

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


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Answer the following question on your own paper: Define PLOT as it pertains to short stories.  What is it?  What effect does plot have on the reader?
  • 2. 
    Answer the following question on your own paper: From the following excerpt, find two of each:  Nouns, pronouns, action verbs, linking verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, and conjunctions.  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.
  • 3. 
    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

  • 4. 
    This is the main idea of a literary work.  It is the "message" the writer is trying to convey.
    • A. 

      Mood

    • B. 

      Genre

    • C. 

      Idea

    • D. 

      Theme

  • 5. 
    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.  This is an example of what short story element?
    • A. 

      Plot

    • B. 

      Setting

    • C. 

      Atmosphere

    • D. 

      Device

  • 6. 
    I am the villian of short stories.
    • A. 

      Antagonist

    • B. 

      Protagonist

    • C. 

      Antigone

    • D. 

      Prothagrias

  • 7. 
    I am the hero of a short story.
    • A. 

      Antagonist

    • B. 

      Protagonist

    • C. 

      Antigone

    • D. 

      Prothagrias

  • 8. 
    This is the highest point in a short story, usually the most exciting.
    • A. 

      Finale

    • B. 

      Height

    • C. 

      Climax

    • D. 

      Pinnacle

  • 9. 
    The events following the climax, where things are "made better" and the story concludes is called the:
    • A. 

      Resolution

    • B. 

      The End

    • C. 

      Overture

    • D. 

      Finale

  • 10. 
    The problem in a short story that needs to be resolved is called the:
    • A. 

      Drama

    • B. 

      Conflict

    • C. 

      Tension

    • D. 

      Cheesecake

  • 11. 
    "I climbed the mountain in order to find the top" is an example of which type of Point of View?
    • A. 

      First Person

    • B. 

      Second Person

    • C. 

      Third Person

  • 12. 
    "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

  • 13. 
    "You will buy a new car and then take that car to the track" is an example of which type of Point of View?
    • A. 

      First Person

    • B. 

      Second Person

    • C. 

      Third Person

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