Character types and their functions


A short quiz used in longer course with associated video to test understanding of different types of characters. Focus on flat and rounded characters.
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Quiz by Sarah Holmes, updated more than 1 year ago
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Created by Sarah Holmes almost 7 years ago

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Question 1

[blank_start]Flat[blank_end] characters do [blank_start]not[blank_end] change in any significant way over the course of a narrative. They are used to convey a particular quality or attitude in an [blank_start]obvious and straightforward[blank_end] way. Many of Charles Dickens' most memorable characters are flat characters and we remember them because they have become associated with a particular characteristic or idea. In contrast, [blank_start]rounded[blank_end] characters are [blank_start]complex[blank_end] and undergo [blank_start]significant[blank_end] changes in their outlook, temperament etc. . over the course of a narrative. Writers tend to use [blank_start]rounded[blank_end] characters for their main protagonist (character) as they are both more [blank_start]interesting and realistic[blank_end] which helps readers relate to them.
  • Flat
  • Rounded
  • not
  • really
  • obvious and straightforward
  • subtle and complex
  • rounded
  • flat
  • complex
  • straightforward
  • significant
  • very few
  • rounded
  • flat
  • interesting and realistic
  • obvious and easy to understand

Question 2

The character of the creature in Mary Shelly's novel Frankenstein is a flat character.
  • True
  • False

Question 3

If you wanted to make your reader respond in a very particular way to your main character which narrative voice would it be best to use?
  • 1st person limited
  • 3rd person limited
  • Unobtrusive omniscient narrator
  • Obtrusive omniscient narrator
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