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Literary Terms gr. 7

Literary Terms for 7th Grade Students

QuestionAnswer
What is the sequence of events in a story? Plot
A person or an animal that takes part in the action of a literary work is? Character
A scene within a story that interrupts the sequence of events to relate to events that occurred in the past is? Flashback
A character or a force in conflict with a main character or protagonist is? Antagonist
A contradiction between what happens and what is expected is? Irony
A figure of speech that uses "like" or "as" to make a direct comparison between two unlike ideas is? Simile
The central message, concern, or purpose in a literary work is? Theme
Writing or speech that is not to be taken literally is? Figurative Language
A type of figurative language in which a nonhuman subject is given human characteristics is? Personification
A figure of speech in which something is described as though it were something else. Metaphor
The perspective or vantage point, from which a story is told is? Point of View
The author's use of clues to hint at what might happen later in the story is? Foreshadowing
The turning point or the high point in the action of the plot. It is the moment of greatest tension. It is? Climax
A reference to a well known person, events, place, literary work, or work of art in a story or novel is? Allusion
In the plot of a story or a drama, it introduces the characters, setting, and basic situation is? Exposition
The outcome of the conflict in a plot is? Resolution
A struggle between opposing forces is? Conflict
Anything that stands for or represents something else is? Symbol
The main character in a literary work is? Protagonist
The time and place of the action is? Setting
Created by: Mrs. C. Kusmierz