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Literary Terms 01
What is the main character in a story or play known as?

Literary Terms 01

Literary terms include 'mood', 'theme', 'narrative', 'dramatic irony'. Like every other subject, English literature has its own vocabulary. Writing about a novel, play or poem requires you to understand these terms and be able to use them confidently.

See if you know the difference between a 'protagonist' and an 'antagonist' or 'irony' and 'satire' by trying this English quiz.

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1.
Choose the correct literary term.
The main character in a story or play.
Antagonist
Protagonist
Peripheral character
Sidekick
An antagonist would be an adversary of the main character
2.
Choose the correct literary term.
A conversation between characters in a narrative or dramatic work.
Dialogue
Monologue
Narration
Argument
3.
Choose the correct literary term.
The sensory perceptions created by a word or phrase.
Poetry
Description
Imagery
Ballad
4.
Choose the correct literary term.
The personal angle or perspective from which a story is told.
Distance
Omniscience
Point of view
Autobiographical
5.
Choose the correct literary term.
An individual represented dramatically or in narrative.
Idiom
Figure
Author
Character
6.
Choose the correct literary term.
Saying one thing, while meaning something else.
Satire
Irony
Tragedy
Comedy
'Dramatic irony' is when the reader knows something that the characters don't know
7.
Choose the correct literary term.
A description of words or situations which can have more than one possible meaning.
Ambiguous
Paradoxical
Definitive
Simile
A word or situation is ambiguous when it has several possible meanings and it is unclear which meaning the author intends
8.
Choose the correct literary term.
The central idea of a work of literature.
Subject
Mood
Theme
Event
9.
Choose the correct literary term.
The 'person' who tells the story to the audience in a work of fiction.
Antagonist
Protagonist
Author
Narrator
Be careful - the author and the narrator are not the same, although sometimes the narrator resembles the author. All stories have a narrator
10.
Choose the correct literary term.
In a narrative or dramatic work, the events which occur and their relationship to one another.
Plot
Mood
Structure
Narration
A plot is the collection of all the events in a work of fiction, especially the way these events are related to one another. While plots must have structure, 'structure' alone is not the same as the plot
Author:  Sheri Smith

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