Writing Narrative
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Writing Narrative

Narrative writing is story writing: the story may be true or fictional. Stories can be told in many different ways:

  • War stories
  • Ghost stories
  • Thrillers
  • Comedies
  • Science fiction
  • Horror and so on.

In this 11-plus English quiz you are going to learn about some of the terms (literary elements) used in describing, analysing and interpreting stories. Don't worry if you don't know all the terms, but make sure that you learn them.

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  1. Which word(s) means the same as the given definition?
    The sequence of events in the story.
    The plot describes the events that make up the story and the way they are connected with each other
  2. Which word(s) means the same as the given definition?
    The narrator's or other character's standpoint on events.
    It can also mean 'the reader's point of view of the story'. Note: a story can be told in the first person or the third person
  3. Which word(s) means the same as the given definition?
    The main character in a story.
    The protagonist is also known as the 'hero' of the story; he is the person with whom the reader is meant to identify, e.g. 'Hawkeye' in James Fenimore Cooper's 'The Last of the Mohicans'
  4. Which word(s) means the same as the given definition?
    The character who is in conflict with the protagonist.
    The antagonist does not always have to be human: if someone is trying to conquer a mountain, the antagonist could be the mountain
  5. Which word(s) means the same as the given definition?
    The atmosphere created by a given situation or setting.
    How the story makes you feel when you read it is called the 'mood'. Note: 'mood' describes your feelings towards the story, but 'tone' describes the narrator's feelings towards it
  6. Which word(s) means the same as the given definition?
    The main idea or message conveyed by a story.
    Themes are usually universal ideas that are explored in the story. For example, one of the major themes of J. R. R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' is wisdom
  7. Which word(s) means the same as the given definition?
    The dramatic 'high' of the story.
    In a murder novel, it could be the identification of the murderer
  8. Which word(s) means the same as the given definition?
    The struggle among opposing elements of the story.
    Think of the struggle between good and evil in J. R. R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings'. A good 'conflict' keeps you reading!
  9. Which word(s) means the same as the given definition?
    The time and place in which the story is told.
    For example: a castle in tenth century England
  10. Which word(s) means the same as the given definition?
    An important moment of change that marks the beginning of a entirely new, and usually better, state of things.
    For example: it could be the moment that things start to go bad, but at the last moment the hero is saved. Not surprisingly, the turning point comes right before the climax

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