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10th Grade

English 10 - S1 Exam - Technical Terms

plot a story is a series of related events moving from a problem to a solution
exposition when a plot begins and presents the characters and the situation
conflict the source of tension in the story, struggle between opposing forces
resolution shows how the problems worked out, the story winds down as the conflict is resolved or the struggle ends in some way
complications events that stand in the way of resolving the conflict
suspense the quality of the story that keeps you reading to find out what happens
foreshadowing refers to the use of hints about what is going to happen
internal conflict takes place within a character, as he or she struggles with two opposing thoughts, feelings, beliefs, or needs
external conflict one that occurs between two or more characters or between a character and a natural force
direct characterization directly telling you about the character's personality
third person omniscient point of view the events are told form the perspective of an outside observer who knows all and sees all
setting the time and place of the story's action
local color refers to the use of details about the customs and the way of life in a specific place
atmosphere the mood or the overall feeling established by a story
allegory a story intended to be read on a symbolic level
symbol a object or character that represents various ideas or qualities
tone the attitude implied toward the characters, situation, and readers
theme a stories general idea or the insight into life that is revealed through the story
dramatic irony occurs when a character fails to recognize realities that are clear to the audience
aside a brief comment a character makes that is not heard by anyone else onstage and that reveals the characters thoughts of feelings
soliloquy a speech made by a character alone onstage
monologue a very long speech by one person without interruption from others onstage
tragedy a dramatic form, which first defined in about 330 B.C. by the Greek philosopher Aristotle
classification an arrangement according to a systematic division into classes or groups
observation the act of carefully noting facts and events
inference a reasonable conclusion that you can draw based on evidence
verisimilitude when the novelist creates characters who, although fictional, feel like real-life human beings
climax when the conflict develops towards a pitch and reaches its highest point
Created by: HanBeth07