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Literature Midterm

Literary Terms

TermDefinition
prose writing that is organized in sentences and paragraphs
fiction prose writing about events and characters from the author's imagination
setting time and place where the story tales place
plot sequence of events in a story
exposition setting, characters, conflict, background info
conflict struggle between two opposing forces
rising action events that increase the tension
climax high point of the story, usually where the eventual outcome of the conflict is revealed
falling action events that follow the climax
resolution final outcome, during which any remaining conflicts are resolved or left open
character traits qualities that can affect a character's thoughts, decisions, and actions
point of view perspective from which the story is told
first person character in the story
third person narrator outside the story
theme message about life that the story conveys to the reader
novel long work of fiction
short story brief work of fiction
historical fiction uses real people and events to tell invented story
nonfiction works of prose based on real people or events
biography story of a person's life written by another person
autobiography story of a person's life written by that person
essay brief work of nonfiction based on facts
mood overall feeling that the work evokes in the reader
author's style every feature of a writer's use of language, such as rhythm, word choice, and methods of organization
paraphrasing restating a sentence or idea in your own words
making inferences coming to a conclusion based on combining text clues with prior knowledge
predicting using text, graphics, and prior knowledge to tell what may happen
summarizing a short restatement of the main idea of a text
identifying the main idea identifying the most important idea about the topic
drawing conclusions making sensible decisions of forming reasonable opinions based on text details
poetry literature written in verse form and organized in lines and stanzas often using imagery and figurative language
Created by: Tony Romo