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NES ELA: Climax & Plot in Written Works - Chapter Summary
Review the structural elements of climax and plot with these lessons and quizzes. Our resources prepare you for NES ELA exam questions on the following topics:
- Climax in literary works
- Rising and falling action
- Process of analyzing plot
Use the lessons to brush up on topics you may not have covered in awhile, and test your understanding afterwards with our self-assessment quizzes. If you have any questions about the material, our knowledgeable instructors are here to help!
NES ELA: Climax & Plot in Written Works Objectives
The NES ELA exam is a certification requirement for English teachers in some states. You'll answer 150 multiple-choice questions delivered on a computer at a designated testing location. Use the resources in this chapter to get ready for questions on climax and plot in the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature subarea of the exam. This section of the exam makes up about 23% of the total test score. To complete the test objectives for these questions, you'll need to be able to analyze the structural elements in a literature selection. Get an idea of the types of questions you'll be asked with the practice quizzes in this study guide.
1. Climax in Literature: Definition & Examples
Do you know how to identify the climax of a story? Learn what a climax is in literature, with examples from stories you might have read for class or on your own.
2. Rising Action in a Story: Definition & Examples
Every story strives to keep the audience interested. In this lesson, we will take a look at how writers create drama and tension through developing the rising action of the plot.
3. Falling Action of a Story: Definition & Examples
Stories don't just end at their high point. In this lesson, we will take a look at the falling action, the part of the plot that comes after the big climax.
4. Denouement in Literature: Definition & Examples
What happens in a story after the big climax? In this lesson, we will take a look at the 'denouement,' the part of the narrative that wraps up all the loose ends.
5. Anticlimax in Literature: Definition & Examples
One may have ruined your last trip to the movies, but anticlimaxes have also been leaving their marks on literature for centuries. Come learn more about these lackluster finishes in this lesson and see their effects in some literary examples!
6. How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples
In this lesson, we will discuss how to analyze a plot in three basic steps. We will take these three steps and break them down to understand how to analyze a plot by analyzing a fable.
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Other chapters within the NES English Language Arts: Test Practice & Study Guide course
- About the NES Test
- NES ELA: Structure, Analysis & Word Meanings
- NES ELA: Strategies for Acquiring New Vocabulary
- NES ELA: Influences on the English Language
- NES ELA: Figures of Speech & Meaning
- NES ELA: Reading & Comprehension Strategies
- NES ELA: Organization of Written Works
- NES ELA: Themes in Written Works
- NES ELA: Points of View in Literature
- NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Informational Texts
- NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Persuasive Texts
- NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Technical & Functional Texts
- NES ELA: Genres in Literature
- NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Nonfiction
- NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Literary Fiction
- NES ELA: Types of Literary Fiction
- NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Literary Drama
- NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Poetry
- NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Prose
- NES ELA: Literature in Old English & Middle English
- NES ELA: The Renaissance in English Literature
- NES ELA: English Literature in the 17th & 18th Century
- NES ELA: Romantic Prose in English Literature
- NES ELA: The Romantic Poetry Movement
- NES ELA: Victorian Literature
- NES ELA: Turn-of-the-Century Literature
- NES ELA: Modernist Authors in English Literature
- NES ELA: Nonfiction in English Literature
- NES ELA: The Oral Tradition
- NES ELA: Noun & Verb Usage in the English Language
- NES ELA: Phrases & Clauses in English
- NES ELA: Types of Sentences in English
- NES ELA: Modifiers in the English Language
- NES ELA: Grammar Conventions
- NES ELA: Comma Rules
- NES ELA: Spelling Rules
- NES ELA: Precision & Clarity in Writing
- NES ELA: Effective Composition Writing
- NES ELA: The Writing Process
- NES ELA: Research Writing
- NES ELA: Narrative Writing Strategies
- NES ELA: Expository Writing Strategies
- NES ELA: Persuasive Writing Strategies
- NES ELA: Analytical Writing Strategies
- NES ELA: Effective Listening Strategies
- NES ELA: Public Speaking Strategies
- NES ELA: Viewing & Presenting Images