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Assessment Terms

Archetype A character, symbol, plot, or theme that occurs often enough in a work to have universal significance.
Figurative language Language used as figures of speech, often in a non-literal way so as to express a suitable relationship between essentially unlike things.
Imagery Sensory details that provide vividness in a literary work through a complex of emotional associations.
Theme The underlying meaning of a literary work; the author's main idea.
Metaphor A direct comparison between two ideas without using "like" or "as."
Setting The place and time when and where the plot of a work happens.
Simile A direct comparison between two ideas using "like" or "as."
Characterization The means an author uses to develop the personality of a character in a literary work.
Foreshadowing The providing of clues about what is going to happen in the plot.
Lyric A brief, highly personal poem in which a speaker expresses a state of mind.
Antagonist A character in a work whose outcome the reader opposes.
Analogy A fully developed comparison between two things or ideas that are basically unlike.
Point of View The vantage point from which the author presents the characters and action in a story.
Irony A contrast between what seems to be and what actually is.
Rhyme The repetition of similar or identical sounds in accented words or syllables.
Paradox A statement, character, or situation that appears to be contradictory but is nonetheless true.
Irony A contrast between what seems to be and what actually is.Verbal irony occurs when what is said is the opposite of what is meant.
Hyperbole The use of exaggeration for effect.
Personification The attributing of human qualities to non-living things or to animals.
Apostrophe A figure of speech in which an absent or even dead person, an abstract concept, or an inanimate object is directly addressed.
Satire A technique using exaggeration, wit, irony, or humor to expose human weaknesses or social evils.
Tone An author's attitude toward his or her subject matter or audience.
Protagonist The character in a work whose outcome the reader favors.
Inference A reasonable conclusion about characters or events in a work based on limited information provided by the author.
Allusion A reference, perhaps indirect, to a person, thing, situation, or aspect of a culture, real or fictional.
Plot A set of related events leading through and resolving a crisis and arriving at a conclusion.
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