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Literary Vocab. 1

Literary terms for 6th or 7th grade

Who is the character or force in conflict with the main character in a work? Antagonist
Who is a person or animal that takes part in the action of a literary work? Character
What is the high point of a story, turning point, or moment of greatest tension? Climax
What is a struggle between opposing forces called. They may be internal or external. Conflict
What part of the plot introduces the situation, characters, setting and conflict? Exposition
Name the part of the story where the action starts falling or slowing down. Falling action
What do you call a literary work about imaginary characters or events? Fiction
What is the term for writing or speech that is not to be taken literally? Figurative Language
What is the word that means different types? Genre
What is the feeling created in the reader such as gloom, fear, or happiness? Mood
What are the reasons behind a character's behavior? Motivation
What is the feeling created in the reader such as gloom, fear, or happiness? Mood
What are the sequence of events in a story;what happens? Plot
What is the name for the ordinary, everyday form of writing? Prose
What do you call the main character in a literary work? Protagonist
Name the point in the plot where the action is building, excitement and suspense is growing. Rising Action
The time, place, and circumstances in which the action takes place is in the... Setting
When one thing stands for another, it is called? Symbol(ism)
What is the central message, concern, or purpose in a literary work called? Theme
What is the term for the attitude of the author toward his subject? Tone
What is the term for a figure of speech that uses "like" or "as" to make a comparison? Simile
What is a figure of speech in which something is described as though it were something else? Metaphor
What is a type of figurative language in which human characteristics are given to non-human characters? Personification
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