Character Foil: Definition & Examples


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What is the term for the main character in a story?

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1. What is a character foil?

2. What is the purpose of a character foil?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What role does a character foil play in literature and movies? You will need to know what a character foil is and have the ability to recognize examples of foils in order to answer the questions presented in this quiz/worksheet combo.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The term used to describe the main character in a story
  • What a character foil is
  • Main purpose of a character foil
  • Name or names of Hamlet's foil(s)
  • The ability to recognize the similarities between Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the purpose of a character foil
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast a main character and a character foil
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about examples of character foils in classic and modern literature

Additional Learning

To learn more about this literary device, review the accompanying lesson called Character Foil: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain what a character foil is and the character's main objective in literature
  • Learn about the foil character in Veronica Roth's Divergent series
  • Understand the relationship between a character foil's decisions and their values