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Understanding Literary Elements

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Analyze characters’ function in a narrative

SKILL 2: Interpret dialogue from a character’s or the narrator’s perspective

 

  1. 1

    Analyze characters’ function in a narrative

    Example

    This passage is taken from a novel set in early twentieth-century England. Mrs. Deverell is the widow of a shopkeeper who lived and worked in Volunteer Street; their daughter Angel has become a best-selling novelist. Here, Mrs. Deverell finds herself in a new home that she and Angel share in the prosperous village of Alderhurst.

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    Which interpretation of Mrs. Deverell’s statement in line 1 (“I never . . . place”) is most fully supported by the rest of the passage?

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  2. 2

    Interpret dialogue from a character’s or the narrator’s perspective

    Example

    This passage is taken from a novel set in early twentieth-century England. Mrs. Deverell is the widow of a shopkeeper who lived and worked in Volunteer Street; their daughter Angel has become a best-selling novelist. Here, Mrs. Deverell finds herself in a new home that she and Angel share in the prosperous village of Alderhurst.

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    Mrs. Deverell’s reaction to the remarks quoted in lines 32–33 suggests that she thinks that these remarks

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Skills needed to score in the next band

As you read a novel, short story, or play, identify the ways in which the characters (including the narrator) contribute to the work’s overall meaning or message. Consider the ways in which the characters relate to each other and to the narrator.

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