Analyzing Theme Development in a Text: Characters, Setting & Plot


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What are the plot, setting, and characters in a story all related to?

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1. In the story of The Ugly Duckling, how do the characters connect to the theme?

2. In the story of The Ugly Duckling, what setting makes the final revelation even more powerful? This setting isolates the Duckling and keeps him from seeing himself.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your knowledge of how to analyze theme development in a text. The practice questions will ask you about theme development in the story 'The Ugly Duckling,' as well as the definition of a theme and its relationship to the other elements of a story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessment tools will test your knowledge of the following:

  • The relationship of theme to plot, setting, and characters
  • How the characters in 'The Ugly Duckling' connect to the theme
  • The final setting of 'The Ugly Duckling' and its function
  • How the plot of 'The Ugly Duckling impacts the theme
  • The definition of a theme

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - understand the concept of theme in storytelling
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about theme development in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding theme development
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to analyze theme in a well-known short story

Additional Learning

To learn more about theme in literature, review the corresponding lesson on Analyzing Theme Development in a Text. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the relationship of the theme to other story elements
  • Analyze theme development in 'The Ugly Duckling'