Suspense in Literature: Definition & Examples


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What is suspense as used in literature?

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1. What is the purpose of creating suspense in a story?

2. What is dramatic irony?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of characteristics of suspense in literature. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include the definition of suspense as well as how suspense is created in literature.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Definitions of suspense, dramatic irony, and climax
  • Purposes of suspense
  • How suspense is created

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related characteristics of suspense in literature lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of suspense as it relates to literature
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding characteristics of suspense in literature
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about characteristics of suspense in literature

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson on Characteristics of Suspense in Literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define suspense
  • Identify three devices authors use to create suspense in literature
  • Give an example of each of the three devices authors use to create suspense in literature