Ch 6: CSET English: Genre and Form

About This Chapter

Explore characteristics of various types of literary and nonliterary works with these lessons on genre and form. Let the instructors' brief videos and self-assessment quizzes help you prepare for the CSET English Subtest I.

CSET English Subtest I: Genre and Form - Chapter Summary

The Genre and Form chapter is designed to help you answer questions about fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry on the CSET English Subtest I. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Dramatic terms, time periods and styles
  • Dramatic characters, plot, setting and symbolism
  • Foreshadowing and character in prose
  • Novels, novellas and short stories
  • Letter and diary forms
  • Poetry overview
  • Nonfiction overview

Course topics are presented in the form of video lessons and transcripts, so there's more than one way to approach the material. If you need to figure out where you stand in terms of understanding the differences between types of literary and nonliterary writing, there are self-assessment quizzes associated with each lesson. These can also be useful for getting an idea of how the questions are formatted on the actual exam.

Objectives of the CSET English Subtest I: Genre and Form Course

The CSET English Subtest I is used as part of the licensing process for prospective English teachers in California. You'll need to pass this subtest along with three others before you meet the state's testing requirements.

Subtest I includes 50 multiple-choice questions, 80% of which address your knowledge of topics covered by the exam's literature and textual analysis portion. These topics include the characteristics of drama, poetry and fiction as well as literary elements like plot, character and setting. This section also addresses the differences between comedy and tragedy. All of these topics are included in the Genre and Form chapter, which can be used to help you prepare for questions found on this area of the test.

5 Lessons in Chapter 6: CSET English: Genre and Form
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

1. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

2. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.

What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character

3. What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character

This literature lesson will teach you the difference between prose and other writing. You'll also learn how to analyze characters and foreshadowing to better understand the author's intentions, theme, and underlying meanings.

Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

4. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.

Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

5. Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

In this lesson, you will discover that prose writing can take on different formats, from letters and diary entries to newspaper clippings and interviews. Explore how writers of both non-fiction and fiction tell stories through these different forms.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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