Prolepsis in Literature: Definition & Examples


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In Greek, prolepsis originally meant what?

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1. In what way(s) can authors employ prolepsis?

2. When writers mention future occurrences early in their work, this method of prolepsis is known as which one of the following?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Prolepsis is an intriguing literary device, and this quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of its definition and uses as covered in the related lesson. You will be tested on your ability to identify examples of prolepsis.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test your understanding of the following:

  • Greek meaning of prolepsis
  • Ways authors can use prolepsis
  • Different types of prolepsis

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the different types of prolepsis
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify a medium that might use a flash-forward

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Prolepsis in Literature: Definition & Examples. This lesson will help you meet the following objectives:

  • Understand prolepsis
  • Identify the two methods of using prolepsis
  • Know how prolepsis is used in a variety of texts