What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions


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A story begins at a wedding with a bride (Marie) and groom (Tony) saying their vows. After they say, ''I do,'' the account flashes back to a boy named Tony meeting a girl named Marie on the first day of kindergarten. The narrative proceeds from there. What literary device is being used in this story?

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1. What is the purpose of foreshadowing in literature?

2. In a book you are reading, a new character is introduced. On the day of her arrival, a bad storm threatens the town. Later in the story, this character causes a lot of trouble. What literary device is being used in this story?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of types of foreshadowing. Some examples of foreshadowing you will be assessed on include direct foreshadowing, prophecy, and red herrings.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

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

  • Direct foreshadowing
  • Chekhov's gun
  • Symbolic foreshadowing
  • Prophecy
  • Red herring

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on types of foreshadowing
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding direct foreshadowing and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding red herrings
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about symbolic foreshadowing and Chekhov's gun

Additional Learning

To learn more about this literary device, review the accompanying lesson, What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions. This lesson can help you to:

  • Describe the broad category of foreshadowing
  • Tell the function of foreshadowing in a story's plot
  • Differentiate between differnt types of foreshadowing
  • Understand the subtle nature of symbolic foreshadowing