Subplot: Definition & Examples


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What is a subplot?

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1. In the novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss Everdeen must fight for her life when she volunteers to take her sister's place in the hunger games competition. During the competition, she befriends a fellow competitor named Rue, a young girl who ultimately dies. Based on this description, what is the subplot?

2. Why is subplot important?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Subplots can add depth to a story, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the concept. You'll be assessed on your ability to identify and define subplots.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Definition of subplot
  • Explanation of tension used in literature
  • Importance of this type of storyline
  • Example of a subplot from a famous work
  • Type(s) of literature using subplots

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify a subplot in a well known work
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the type(s) of writing that use subplots

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson called Subplots: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the definition of a subplot
  • Understand how subplots are used
  • Identify and define examples of subplots
  • Know about this type of storyline in various important works