Analyzing the Fictional Portrayal of a Time, Place or Character


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Historical fiction uses a real time and place in the past as the _____ of a fictional narrative.

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1. How the reader sees the events of history in a novel depends on the _____ of the protagonist.

2. Sometimes, authors change small details of the truth in order to increase the _____ of the plot.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This helpful quiz and worksheet contains multiple-choice questions designed to help you assess how well you understand the analysis of fictional portrayals of a character, a time or a place. When you answer these questions, you'll be asked about historical fiction, the truths found in fantasy and science fiction literature and what is indicated by accurate historical detail in a novel.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Our questions will test if you can:

  • Explain how historical fiction uses a real place and time and for what purpose
  • Detail the element of fiction by which the readers see the events through the protagonist
  • Describe why an author might change small details of the truth in the plot of a story
  • Outline what the author intends to do when more accurate historical detail is included in a novel
  • Identify the elements of truth provided in science fiction and fantasy

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding historical fiction's use of time and place and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about why an author might change small details of the truth in a story's plot
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how a reader sees events through the protagonist in fiction

Additional Learning

Our lesson called Analyzing the Fictional Portrayal of a Time, Place or Character provides additional information about this topic. When you finish this lesson, you should know how to:

  • Explain what makes alternative history fiction different than historical fiction
  • Differentiate between the use of first person and third person
  • Detail the factual changes Arthur Miller employed in The Crucible and to what end