Ch 6: NES ELA: Climax & Plot in Written Works

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This chapter on climax and plot in written works will help you study for literature questions on the National Evaluation Series (NES) English Language Arts (ELA) exam.

NES ELA: Climax & Plot in Written Works - Chapter Summary

Review the structural elements of climax and plot with these lessons and quizzes. Our resources prepare you for NES ELA exam questions on the following topics:

  • Climax in literary works
  • Rising and falling action
  • Denouement
  • Anticlimax
  • Process of analyzing plot

Use the lessons to brush up on topics you may not have covered in awhile, and test your understanding afterwards with our self-assessment quizzes. If you have any questions about the material, our knowledgeable instructors are here to help!

NES ELA: Climax & Plot in Written Works Objectives

The NES ELA exam is a certification requirement for English teachers in some states. You'll answer 150 multiple-choice questions delivered on a computer at a designated testing location. Use the resources in this chapter to get ready for questions on climax and plot in the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature subarea of the exam. This section of the exam makes up about 23% of the total test score. To complete the test objectives for these questions, you'll need to be able to analyze the structural elements in a literature selection. Get an idea of the types of questions you'll be asked with the practice quizzes in this study guide.

6 Lessons in Chapter 6: NES ELA: Climax & Plot in Written Works
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Climax in Literature: Definition & Examples

1. Climax in Literature: Definition & Examples

Do you know how to identify the climax of a story? Learn what a climax is in literature, with examples from stories you might have read for class or on your own.

Rising Action in a Story: Definition & Examples

2. Rising Action in a Story: Definition & Examples

Every story strives to keep the audience interested. In this lesson, we will take a look at how writers create drama and tension through developing the rising action of the plot.

Falling Action of a Story: Definition & Examples

3. Falling Action of a Story: Definition & Examples

Stories don't just end at their high point. In this lesson, we will take a look at the falling action, the part of the plot that comes after the big climax.

Denouement in Literature: Definition & Examples

4. Denouement in Literature: Definition & Examples

What happens in a story after the big climax? In this lesson, we will take a look at the 'denouement,' the part of the narrative that wraps up all the loose ends.

Anticlimax in Literature: Definition & Examples

5. Anticlimax in Literature: Definition & Examples

One may have ruined your last trip to the movies, but anticlimaxes have also been leaving their marks on literature for centuries. Come learn more about these lackluster finishes in this lesson and see their effects in some literary examples!

How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples

6. How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples

In this lesson, we will discuss how to analyze a plot in three basic steps. We will take these three steps and break them down to understand how to analyze a plot by analyzing a fable.

Chapter Practice Exam
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