Ambiguity in Literature: Definition & Examples


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Which of the following is an example of ambiguity in a newspaper headline?

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1. A sentence or writing becomes ambiguous when:

2. Ambiguity can be found in literature through:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ambiguity is used in literature to cause confusion, underline humor and provide anxiety, among other purposes in storytelling. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of identifying and interpreting ambiguity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Examples of ambiguity in context
  • Identifying when a sentence becomes ambiguous
  • Identifying where ambiguity can occur
  • How audiences react to ambiguity

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about ambiguity
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, including examples of ambiguity
  • Making connections - correlate your knowledge of how literary devices are used to identify and analyze how authors may use ambiguity in context
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about literary analysis and ambiguity

Additional Learning

To learn more about how ambiguity is used as a tool in literature, review the accompanying lesson called Ambiguity in Literature: Definition, Examples & Quiz. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explains what ambiguity is and what reactions it causes
  • Details examples of ambiguity
  • Details how to identify an ambiguous turn of phrase
  • Covers examples of how authors may intentionally use ambiguity
  • Covers instances where ambiguity provides opportunity to a reader