Analyzing the American Short Story: Techniques and Examples


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What is the tone of a short story?

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1. What is the mood of a short story?

2. What is the setting of a short story?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

American short stories make unique use of many of the literary tools available to authors. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of what some of these devices are and how they are used in context.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of tone and how it is used in a short story
  • The definition of mood and how it is used in a short story
  • The definition of setting and how it is used in a short story
  • What diction means
  • What theme means in the context of how it is used in a short story

Skills Practiced

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

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about literary devices
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, including what diction is
  • Making connections - correlate your critical knowledge to your understanding of how literary devices are used
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about literary devices

Additional Learning

To start learning more about literary devices and how they are used in short stories, review the accompanying lesson called Analyzing the American Short Story: Techniques and Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Covers how literary devices enhance writing
  • Details how to identify crucial devices in short story analysis
  • Explains diction in context
  • Explains theme in context
  • Explains setting in context
  • Explains mood and tone in context