Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions


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It's really ironical, because I'm six foot two and a half and I have gray hair. I really do. The one side of my head - the right side - is full of millions of gray hairs. I've had them ever since I was a kid. This quote from 'The Catcher in the Rye' is an example of what kind of narration?

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1. Harry caught sight of Seamus's eye and Seamus winked. This quote from 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' is an example of what kind of narration?

2. You go to the checkout counter, but all you find is a mannequin is an example of _____ narration.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you identify a narrator's point of view in literature and how it affects the way a story is told. Some types of narration you'll be tested on include omniscient, limited and objective.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the definitions of:

  • Omniscient narration
  • Limited narration
  • Objective narration
  • First person narration
  • Second person narration

Skills Practiced

The worksheet and quiz will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking- apply relevant concepts to examine information about literary narrators in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as point of view and omniscient narration
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as narration in the first or third person

Additional Learning

To learn more about the use of different narrators in literature, review the accompanying lesson called Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understanding the use of a point of view in literature
  • Defining different types of narrative, including omniscient, limited and objective
  • Differentiating between storytelling from the angle of first person or third person