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Fiction Terms

Vocabulary

QuestionAnswer
Short Story A brief work of fiction
Plot sequence of events in a literary work
Exposition introduces the characters, setting, and basic situtation
Inciting Incident (Narrative Hook) introduces the conflict in a work of fiction
Rising Action all events leading up to the climax
Climax the highest point of interest, emotion, action or suspense (point of no return)
Falling Action Follows the climax, and provides a release of tension
Resolution (Denouement) "tying up of loose ends"; conflict is resolved and stability is returned
Created by: Ms. Laura Watson