What’s the CONFLICT all about?
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by Jill Rotton
| 10 Questions

DIRECTIONS: First, decide whether the conflict is internal, external or both.

• An INTERNAL CONFLICT takes place entirely within a character’s own mind or body.

Person vs. Self (difficult decisions, emotions disease or illness, etc.)


• In an EXTERNAL CONFLICT, a character struggles against an outside force.

Person vs. Person (fight, competition, etc.)

Person vs. Nature (animals, weather, etc.)

Person vs. Society (law, groups of people, ideas, etc.)

Person vs. Technology (computers, robots, virtual reality, etc.)

Person vs. Supernatural (ghosts, demons, spirits, etc.)

1
10
Jim and Mark disagreed about where they should take the dog they found.
a) internal
b) external
c) both
A
B
C
2
10
At the beach, Carly struggled to walk through the hot, blowing sand.
a) internal
b) external
c) both
A
B
C
3
10
Sarah couldn't decide what to do that night. Should she study or should she go out?
a) internal
b) external
c) both
A
B
C
4
10
In the high winds, the crew was barely able to keep the ship from tilting sideways.
a) internal
b) external
c) both
A
B
C
5
10
Martin Luther King, Jr. fought against discrimination for African Americans during the 1950's and 60's.
a) internal
b) external
c) both
A
B
C
6
10
Hector thought, "Why did I ever agree to be in this play? I'll never have the nerve to act in front of an audience."
a) internal
b) external
c) both
A
B
C
7
10
After MaryAnne's brother had teased her about being afraid, she had decided to climb the cliff. Now she stood at the foot of the cliff, wishing she could figure out a way to back out.
a) internal
b) external
c) both
A
B
C
8
10
Kim knew that the whole class was angry with her for reminding the teacher about the assignment. At the time, she thought she was doing the right thing. Now she wasn't sure.
a) internal
b) external
c) both
A
B
C
9
10
All the way home, Jeffrey felt angry with himself. "Why couldn't he open his mouth at a party? Why was he always so shy?"
a) internal
b) external
c) both
A
B
C
10
10
The boys in the neighborhood wouldn’t let Jenifer play with them because she was a girl.
a) internal
b) external
c) both
A
B
C
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