Indirect Characterization: Definition & Examples


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What is the difference between direct and indirect characterization?

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1. Identify the method of indirect characterization being used in this description: When he walked down the street, his swift stride was accompanied by a soft jingling sound coming from his tattered pants pocket. Unaware of his disheveled hair waving to and fro, Old Man Jensen gave a toothless grin to every suit that passed by.

2. Why is indirect characterization important?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo covers the key devices writers use to indirectly reveal their characters, and why this method of characterization is often more successful than direct statements from the narrator.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

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

  • Differences between direct and indirect characterization
  • Effects of indirect characterization
  • The acronym STEAL
  • Examples of direct characterization

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of indirect characterization to explain how it is used to define characters
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define main ideas such as direct characterization, indirect characterization, and STEAL
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast direct and indirect characterization

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Indirect Characterization: Definition & Examples. The lesson meets these objectives:

  • Understand the process of indirect characterization
  • Distinguish the differences and effects of direct and indirect characterization
  • Recognize indirect characterization
  • Know the acronym STEAL