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English Language, Paper 1 Question 3 Revision

First-person, second-person, third-person - these are all examples of _________ ___________. Narrative perspective
Topic shifts A subtle change in the topic of a discussion, to something related but different.
7 o'clock, EIGHTEEN-HUNDRED-HOURS. Time references
Zooming in / out Moving towards or away from a character or object of significance. It often starts with an aerial view of the setting and then zooms in on individual objects, or the other way around.
An important plot point is mentioned or hinted at early on in the plot. Foreshadowing
Simple sentences One independent clause.
Compound sentences Two simple sentences joined with a conjunction.
Complex sentences A dependent clause plus an independent clause.
A verbal exchange between two or more characters. Dialogue
One character talking aloud. Monologue
Cyclical structure A story that ends in the same place it began.
In the order that (a series of events) occurred. Chronological order
Flashback A recount of an event in the past relative to the time being r=told of in the narrative.
Contrast Differences (in atmosphere, character, setting, etc.)
Motif A recurring element that has symbolic significance in the plot of a story.
Narrative exposition The insertion of important background information such as characters' backstories or setting.
Denouement The end of a narrative, where then 'strands' of the plot are tied together to resolve matters.
A dramatic ending to a story or chapter, suspending the audience. Cliff-hanger
Transitions Show that the action is changing. They connect the separate events in a story to keep an easy-to-follow flow.
Created by: Tom Dowrick