Role of the Narrator in American Novels: Types and Examples


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Call me Ishmael., the opening line of Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick, is an example of _____.

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1. An unreliable narrator is one that _____.

2. How does the third person limited narrator differ from third person omniscient narrator in an American novel?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Narrators and their points of view help bring American novels to life, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the types of narrators in American novels you might encounter. Some of the types of narrators you'll be assessed on include third person limited and the unreliable narrator.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following types of narrators in American novels:

  • Unreliable
  • First person
  • Second person
  • Third person limited
  • Third person omniscient

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 literature lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as first person point of view and third person point of view
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding types of narrators in American novels
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the challenge of unreliable narrators

Additional Learning

To learn more about American literature, review the accompanying lesson titled Role of the Narrator in American Novels: Types and Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define narrator and point of view
  • Identify three points of view used in American novels
  • Define and give an example of an unreliable narrator in American literature
  • Understand the role of the narrator in American novels