Climax in Literature: Definition & Examples


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What is the climax of a story?

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In a series of books…

A. Each individual book will have a climax.

B. The series as a whole will have a climax.

C. There will be no climax.


In the movie Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, Luke Skywalker is an ordinary young man forced to leave his home planet of Tatooine when his adoptive parents are killed by the evil Galactic Empire. He teams up with a pilot named Han Solo to rescue Princess Leia, who has been imprisoned by the Empire for stealing the blueprints to the Empire's super-weapon, the Death Star. After rescuing Leia, Luke uses the blueprints that Leia stole to destroy the Death Star. Afterwards, there's an awards ceremony.

Which of the following scenes in the movie represents the climax of this story?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will test your understanding of how climax functions as part of the plot of a story. You will be quizzed on the five different parts of the plot.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

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

  • Definition of plot
  • Correct order of plot elements
  • Plot exposition
  • Plot diagram
  • Identifying climax in a story

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on climax in literature
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of plot in a story
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about story climax in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as exposition and climax

Additional Learning

To learn more about this narrative element, review the accompanying lesson on Climax in Literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the typical plot pattern
  • Discuss the five basic parts of the plot
  • Review climax in two famous stories