Standard 3.6 Analyze and trace an author’s development of time sequence, including the use of complex literary devices (e.g., foreshadowing, flashback). Flashback and Foreshadowing. Number of Questions.
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Standard 3.6Analyze and trace an author’s development of time sequence, including the use of complex literary devices (e.g., foreshadowing, flashback).
The literary response and analysis section of the CAHSEE contains 20 multiple choice questions.There are two questions on the CAHSEE regarding your understanding of Standard 3.6.
Most stories are told in a certain order.
Writers use these strategies to tell a story.
These words give you clues that the text is being told in chronological (time) order:
Sometimes authors need to tell you about events that happened before the story begins. To not confuse you, the author might stop the story to give you information about characters, events or conflicts in the past. When the author does this, it is called a flashback.
You can tell you’re reading a flashback when the scene changes and the story flashes back to the past.
“It all started when…”
“That brings us to today…”
Foreshadowing is a warning or hint about an event that may happen in the future of the story.
NOTE: A famous playwright wrote that if you put a gun onstage in Act I, you must use it by Act II.
What might that mean?
You’re reading a story and it’s set in an old house. The family is sitting at the table eating dinner when suddenly the lights go off and on without anyone touching the switch. The family goes on eating dinner and eventually they forget about the incident with the lights.
What might the incident foreshadow?
The incident with the lights foreshadows something bad that will happen in the story.