Methods of Characterization in Literature


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Which method of characterization might tell us about a character's weight?

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1. Which method of characterization is an author using if we learn a character stole something?

2. What is the method of characterization used when we hear what a character thinks?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of several methods of characterization in literature. Most of the questions will give you examples of a type of characterization in use, and you'll have to identify the term for it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll need to identify the following types of characterization and related concepts:

  • Inner thoughts
  • Physical description
  • Reaction
  • Action
  • The number of approaches to characterization

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 lesson on characterization in literature
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as action and reaction
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding characterization methods and approaches

Additional Learning

To learn more about creating vivid characters, review the accompanying lesson titled Methods of Characterization in Literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define characterization
  • Distinguish between the approaches to characterization and the methods of characterization
  • Explore examples of each of the five methods of characterization
  • Understand an author's uses of characterization in a short example