Plot Techniques in American Fiction: Definition and Examples


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Foreshadowing is a plot technique in which _____.

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1. What is a red herring?

2. What type of plot technique involves a flashback in which the character remembers something that happened previously?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

American writers use many different plot techniques to bring their stories to life, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of a few of them. Some of the plot techniques in American fiction you will be assessed on include foreshadowing, red herring, and backstory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following plot techniques in American fiction:

  • Foreshadowing
  • Red herring
  • Backstory
  • B-Plot

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as red herring and backstory
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding plot techniques in American fiction
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify an example of a red herring

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson titled Plot Techniques in American Fiction: Definition and Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define plot
  • Identify four plot techniques in American fiction
  • Give an example of each of the four plot techniques in American fiction