Antecedent Action: Definition & Example


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The term 'antecedent action' owes its origins to the Latin word antecedens, meaning…

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1. What feature of storytelling involves relaying information that would be otherwise undetectable from a narrative?

2. Sometimes, antecedent action is revealed through entire scenes set in a time prior to the main narrative known as…

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you quickly assess your understanding of a literary device known as antecedent action. In order to pass the quiz, you will need to know the definition of antecedent action and relate it to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Origin of the term antecedent action
  • Role of exposition in narratives
  • Antecedent action revealed through scenes from a prior time
  • An independent narrative that occurs before another
  • Function of antecedent action in literature

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related antecedent action lesson
  • Making connections - tie the concept of antecedent action to a literature example
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as flashback and prequel
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the purposes of antecedent action

Additional Learning

To learn more about antecedent action, review the accompanying lesson on Antecedent Action. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define and find an example of antecedent action
  • Explain exposition
  • Examine the concept of flashback
  • Define prequel