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mcline

Semester Exam Review

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The reference to a famous person, place, event, or other work of literature. allusion
The highest point of suspense climax
A form of language as it is spoken in a certain place or among a certain group of people. Ex. "Yes M'am" dialect
The character that changes a lot in the story. dynamic character
Sequence of related events that make up a story;it is the action or what happens in the story. plot
The final stage in which loose ends are tied up and the story is brought to a close. resolution
A comparison of two unlike things that have some quality in common using like or as. Ex. the muscles on his brawny arms are strong as trees. simile
Anything that stands for or represents something else. Ex. Our flag symbol
Connecting words that let readers know how ideas are related. transitions
Time and place of action of a story, poem or play. setting
The main character, the hero, the positive force. protagonist
The kind of writing that tells a story. narrative
A contrast between what is expected and what actually exists or happens. Ex. Irony would exist if a former bank robber works at a bank. irony
Words or phrases that appeal to the reader's senses imagery
Prose writing that tells an imaginary story. fiction
A person, animal, or imaginary creature that takes part in the action of a literary work. character
The person or force that works against the protagonist. antagonist
A struggle between two opposing forces. conflict
A scene in literary work that interrupts the present action to describe an event that took place at an earlier time. flashback
The term used to identify the major categories of literature. genre
A logical guess or conclusion based on evidence and ones own experience. inference
The giving of human qualities to an animal, object or idea. Ex. My heart cried when my girl friend broke up with me. personification
A comparison of two unlike things that have some quality in common. Ex. The road was a ribbon of moonlight. metaphor
The repeated use of any element of language. repetition
A work of fiction that can generally be read in one sitting. short story
The feeling of growing tension and excitement felt by a reader. suspense
Refers to the techniques a writer uses to create and develop a character. characterization
A picture in words of a scene, a character, or an object. descriptive
Get a clearer understanding. clarify
A conversation between two or more persons. dialogue
Goes beyond dictionary meaning of words to create fresh and original descriptions. figurative language
Refers to writers's use of hints that suggest events that will occur later in a story. foreshadowing
The central idea that a writer expresses in his or her work. main Idea
A lesson or guide for living that you can apply to your own life. moral
Perspective from which the story is told. point of view
The character that changes little or not at all during the story. static character
To tell briefly in your own words the main ideas of a piece of writing, leaving out unimportant details. summarize
The message about life or human nature communicated by a work of literature. theme
Set in as the characters try to resolve the conflict. complication
Introduces the characters and the conflict that they face. exposition
A feeling created in the reader by a literary work. mood
A work of fiction that is longer and more complex than a short story. novel
Prose writing that presents and explains ideas about real people, places, objects, and events. non fiction
Writing that is meant to make its audience adopt a certain opinion, or perform an action, or do both. persuasion
The narrator is one of the characters in the story and uses pronouns such as I, me, and we. the reader sees the events of the story and other characters only through the eyes of the narrator. first person
The narrator brings us into the mind of only one character. third person limited
The narrator is not in the story and relates the story using pronouns such as he, she, or it. third person
The all knowing point of view. The narrator knows everything about the characters and can see into their mind. third person omniscient
Repeated consonant sounds occurring at the beginning of words or within words. Ex. wide eyed and wondering while we wait for others to waken. alliteration
The use of words that mimic sounds. A string of syllables the author has made up to represent the way a sound really sounds. Ex. Caarackle! Onomatopoeia
An exaggerated statement used to heighten effect. Ex. She said so on several million occasions. hyperbole
An expression that has a meaning different from the meaning of its individual words. Ex. It is raining cats and dogs. Idiom
The repetition of vowel sounds within non-rhyming words. Ex. blind diamond left behind Assonance
A figure of speech in which contradictory ideas or terms are combined. Ex. sweet sorrow Oxymoron
A group of two or more lines in a poem. Stanza
Man vs Man, Man vs Nature, Man vs Society External conflict
Man vs Himself Internal conflict
Words or phrases that appeal to the reader's senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Ex. There was a cool breeze blowing and the sweet smell of mesquite in the air. Sensory details
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