Literary Analysis Basics Worksheet

Literary Analysis Basics Worksheet


Literary Analysis Basics Worksheet

1.      What are the three components of a story?  Draw a tree and label it.  You may use The Basic Tools Hand Out as a reference. Include the 5 Elements of Fiction for the branches.






Note: Characterization can include Point of View (The type of narrator or perspective  the story is told from ie, 1st person POV, 2nd person POV, 3rd person omniscient POV, 3rd person limited POV, 3rd person narrative POV, shifting narrator, reliable narrator, dramatic, editorial, objective, etc.  Using an unusual P.O.V.  can also add to an author’s style.

2. Write two investigative questions you could ask to help you understand the context of a story? See note in the box below to give you some reference for your questions.



Note: Context includes Author background including Literary period, Context of setting (ie. Cry, The Beloved Country & Animal Farm), Historical Context of time period, Political Context, Theological trends and Philosophies of the day, Social Problems, Scientific discoveries, Social and Class structures & problems, male and female roles, morality or lack thereof, etc.
  1. Make a list of all the literary devices you can. Do it with out looking at the Literary Analysis Basics  hand out.






4. MATCH each Literary Style Term with its correct definition. 

Literary Style Consists Of:

A. Genre

B. Tone

C. Mood

D. Literary Devices

E. Imagery

Place Correct Term’s Letter by Its Appropriate Definition

____ ie. personification, foreshadowing, allusions

____figurative language, poetic language

____ Type of literature – Fiction, Non-fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Epic, Poetry, Satire, Western, etc.

____The emotional content or feel of a scene or setting.

____( The attitude a writer conveys toward subject and audience)



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