Character Development in Literature: Definition & Examples


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Character development represents the _____ in an individual's defining characteristics over the course of a narrative.

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1. Which of these terms refers to the total extent of transformation characters undergo during their development?

2. Which of these terms identifies the portrayal of characteristics through straightforward statements from characters or the narrative voice?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your understanding of character development in literature. Some of the concepts you'll be assessed on include character transformation, character change, and types of characterization.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following:

  • Definition of character development
  • Character transformation
  • Direct and indirect characterization
  • Reasons for using character development in literature

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on character development
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the various ways to develop characters in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding examples of character development from famous literature
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as direct characterization and character arc

Additional Learning

To learn more about character development, review the accompanying lesson on Character Development in Literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define character development
  • Understand character arc
  • Differentiate between direct and indirect characterization
  • Explore the development of Hamlet and Ebenezer Scrooge