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  • Question 1
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    Q. If the author directly tells you what the character is like, that is:
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    direct characterization
    indirect characterization
  • Question 2
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    Q. If the author shows you what the character is like and you have to infer, that is
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    direct characterization
    indirect characterization
  • Question 3
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    Q. A character trait is an adjective that describes _________________.
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    an emotion at a specific point in time
    personality
    appearance
  • Question 4
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    Q. Which of the following is an example of direct characterization?
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    He tapped his foot anxiously.
    "I wouldn't  trust that man," said Ma.
    Frank was a shy, quiet person.
    Every time he earned a high grade, he would hang the test on his wall.
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    Q. Which of the following is an example of indirect characterization?
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    Marcia was a good listener and wonderful friend.
    Marcia felt the knot in her stomach grow when she saw the number of questions on the test, and she tugged her hair anxiously. 
    Marcia was a nervous person.
    Marcia was an optimist who always believed the best about people.
  • Question 6
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    Q. A character, Nicki, is friendly. The author shows this by having Nicki sit down at a lunch table with a group of kids she doesn’t know and introduce herself. What is the author using to show Nicki’s trait?
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    Nicki's thoughts
    Nicki's feelings
    Nicki's actions
  • Question 7
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    Q.

    Characterization is

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    the central message in a story

    the problem in a story

    the process by which a writer reveals a character's personality and qualities

  • Question 8
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    In indirect characterization....

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    the writer describes the character

    the character's personality is directly described by the author

    the writer reveals the character through STEAL

  • Question 9
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    In direct characterization....

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    the writer describes the character

    the writer reveals the character through STEAL

    the writer doesn't care how you learn about the character

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    What does STEAL stand for?

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    Speech, Thoughts, Effect on others, Actions, and Looks

    Statements, Time, Effort, Actions, and Love

    Solitude, Thoughts, Enthusiasm, Actions, and Loss

  • Question 11
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    What do you know about Jack from this sentence?

    Jack looked at his sister with a strange look on his face after she put ketchup in her milk.

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    Jack thinks his sister is making a good choice.

    Jack thinks his sister is weird for using ketchup in her milk.

    Jack doesn't care what his sister does.

  • Question 12
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    Is this direct or indirect characterization?

    Jack looked at his sister with a strange look on his face after she put ketchup in her milk.

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    direct

    indirect

  • Question 13
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    Q. What character trait is revealed in this passage?
    Jonathan looked at the homeless dog walking down the street of his neighborhood.  He approached the dog, slowly cautiously, with his hands stretched outward.  After gaining his trust, Jonathan took the dog home, gave him a warm bath, and big bowl of food.
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    impulsive
    obsessed
    humble
    compassionate
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    Q. Tom is described as being very fit, healthy, tall, and strong. Based on this description, we can infer that Tom ___________________.
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    eats junk food all day.
    possibly plays a sport -- maybe basketball -- to stay healthy.
    doesn't care about his health.
    likes to sleep in on the weekends.
  • Question 15
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    Q. A character with a complex personality 
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    Flat Character
    Round Character
  • Question 16
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    Q. This type of character is not complex. He or she has only one or two main ideas or emotions.
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    Round Character
    Flat Character
  • Question 17
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    Q. This type of character does not change.
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    Dynamic Character
    Static Character
  • Question 18
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    Q. This type of character has a lot of emotions, beliefs, ideals, concerns, and thoughts.
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    Flat Character
    Round Character
  • Question 19
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    Q. The character, thing, or event which is opposing the main character is...
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    protagonist
    antagonist
    plankton
    villian
  • Question 20
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    Q. A character that has many different sides, and is fully developed is...
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    the antagonist
    the protagonist
    round
    flat
  • Question 21
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    Q. A character that, has few traits and is easily described is...
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    the antagonist
    the protagonist
    round
    flat
  • Question 22
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    Q. What does this let you know about the character, Ms. Mancini?
    "Ms. Mancini drifted helplessly around the Central Park Lake for several minutes before she heard 'glop glop'.  It was a turtle swimming towards her with her missing paddle! She began to get super excited. As the turtle approached, she jumped for joy and fell overboard!! The turtle, thought to himself, 'this lady is crazy!'"
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    Ms. Mancini is excited to see the paddle again
    The turtle thinks she is crazy
    Ms. Mancini loves to going boating
    all of the above
  • Question 23
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    Q. dynamic
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    character develops and grows during the story
    shows only one character trait
    character does not change throughout the story
  • Question 24
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    Q. static
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    character develops and grows during the story
    shows only one character trait
    character does not change throughout the story
  • Question 25
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    Q. Round characters display many personality traits.
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    True
    False
  • Question 26
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    Character traits are adjectives that describe the qualities of a character.


    A character’s traits are different from a character’s feelings. Characters’ feelings, or emotions, are a character’s emotional response to things that happen around them. Unlike character traits, feelings may come and go quickly.


    Read the following passage from a story.


    Mercy snorted. She should have known better than to challenge Victoria. Of all Mercy’s friends, Victoria talked loudest, ran fastest and took the most risks. She bragged about the time she convinced her older brothers to spend a weekend building her a fort. Mercy liked to call Victoria “Buster.” “Because you are always busting things up,” she laughed. Victoria wore the nickname with pride.


    Based on the passage, which of the following is one of Victoria’s traits?

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    forgetful

    confused

    bold

    shy

  • Question 27
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    Direct characterization is when the author tells us directly what the characters are like. The author may state the character’s traits: “Kareem was a polite, patient boy who always listened to his parents.”


    Which of the following is an example of direct characterization?

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    “Andy is such a jerk,” his sister sighed.

    Andy was rude and usually didn’t think of other people’s feelings.

    Andy knew he got to the line late but decided to skip ahead anyways.

    “I got here first!” Andy growled at the small child waiting in front of him.

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    What are traits?

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    the struggles in the plot of a story

    descriptive adjectives that tell you what a character is like

    all of the events that happen in a story

    the places where a story happens

  • Question 29
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    An author writes, “The girl was very patient.” This is an example of ________.

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    the author telling you directly what a character is like

    the author showing you indirectly what a character is like

  • Question 30
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    An author reveals that a character is courageous through the character’s words, actions and thoughts. This is an example of ________.

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    the author telling you directly what a character is like

    the author showing you indirectly what a character is like

  • Question 31
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    True or False: Characters can only be humans.

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    True

    False

  • Question 32
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    A character, Flora, goes on a field trip to an amusement park. She tells her teacher she’s scared to go on the roller coasters. “No way I’m going on those!” she thinks. Flora’s classmates comment on how she’s shaking and looks pale. Based on this evidence, one trait that describes Flora is ________.

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    fierce

    cowardly

    talented

    bold

  • Question 33
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    Read the following sentences from a story. Choose the character trait that best describes Grandpa.


    Grandpa was 85 years old and had gone through many experiences in his life. Everyone in Grandpa’s building went to him for advice. He always had the right answers. He helped people with their problems and gave them great recipes to try. “I’ve never met someone who knows as much as you do, Gramps!” exclaimed Simon.

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    wise

    magnificent

    fortunate

    elegant

  • Question 34
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    A character, Carson, looks up to his older sister. His sister had an art show coming up. The week before show, she told Carson not to go into her room and peek at her project. Carson followed her rules and didn’t try to go in. “I hope it’s a painting of me!” thought Carson.


    What evidence can you use to support the fact that Carson is “respectful”?

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    Carson’s sister had an art show coming up.

    Carson’s sister told him not peek at her project.

    Carson followed his sister’s rules and didn't go in her room.

    Carson hoped the art project was a painting of him.

  • Question 35
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    Q. Which STEAL am I using to describe a character as smart
    Jane liked to sit in front of the class. She came with all her materials and she always had her homework done. When ever the teacher asked a question, Jane was the first with her hand raised and ready to answer. 
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    Speech
    Thoughts
    Effect On Others
    Actions
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    Q. Which STEAL am I using to describe a character as a bully
    Every time Jimmy walked down the hallway the other kids were sure to move aside and hold their books a little tighter for fear that Jimmy would knock them out of their hands. No one ever dared look Jimmy in the eye as he came their way. 
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    Speech
    Thoughts
    Effect On Others
    Actions
  • Question 37
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    Q. Which STEAL am I using to describe a character as an athletic
    When Lucy changed into her gym clothes she always had the latest gear. He shoes, although just bought new last month, were worn in to the perfect fit. Before she ran she made sure to tie back her hair, set her fitbit to track her running and was on the starting mark in perfect form before any other runner. 
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    Speech
    Looks
    Effect On Others
    Actions
  • Question 38
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    Q. Daniel likes to help others. He often volunteers at the homeless shelter and he frequently brings an extra lunch to school to give to a friend. If anyone ever needs help, Daniel is one of the first people to volunteer. He would rather give a present than to get one. The character trait that best describes Daniel is...
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    Obedient
    Loyal
    Charming
    Generous
  • Question 39
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    Q. The king glared at the scroungy, boy before him. "How dare you steal from the king's court!" he gruffly exclaimed. The trembling boy begged for forgiveness. He explained how he had no home, no food, and no where to turn. "Send him to the dungeons!" the king shouted angrily. The character trait that best describes the king is...
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    greedy
    cruel
    nagging
    loud
  • Question 40
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    Cindy Lou Who is a sweet little girl who is adorable and loves celebrating Christmas. She is that way at the beginning and she stays that way.

    Cindy Lou Who is:

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    static

    dynamic

    a protagonist

    an antagonist

  • Question 41
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    The Grinch is a character who is mean and selfish at first. He hates Christmas. Later, his heart grows and he realizes he was wrong. He celebrates Christmas with the Whos.


    The Grinch is:

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    static

    dynamic

    character foil

    indirect characterization

  • Question 42
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    Shrek is the main character in the movie. He faces many conflicts, but the audience wants to see him succeed. Shrek is:

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    static

    direct characterization

    the protagonist

    the antagonist

  • Question 43
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    In this story, the bus driver’s name is Al. The reader knows his name, and that he drives the bus every day. Al doesn’t participate in the plot other than driving the bus. Al is likely a _________________ character.

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    Flat

    Round

    Protagonist

    Dynamic

  • Question 44
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    Q. Which scenario would make someone a static character? 
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    A protagonist becomes more powerful and knowledgeable over time
    A protagonist starts off as a good character, but becomes evil 
    An antagonist eventually becomes kind
    An antagonist remains evil throughout the story 
  • Question 45
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    John is a doctor working against the clock to find a cure for a disease that is threatening the human race. Despite all odds, he meets the challenge. John is the

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    protagonist

    antagonist

    static character

    minor character

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