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ELA 9 Midterm Exam

Character A person, animal, or presence in a literary work
Static Character Stays the same
Dynamic Character Changes
Characterization The process of revealing or describing the personality of a character
Direct Characterization The writer makes direct statements about the characters personality
Indirect Characterization The writer requires the readers to draw their own conclusions about a character based on evidence from the story
Conflict A serious disagreement or argument, typically, a protracted one
Internal Conflict Psychological struggle within the mind of a literary or dramatic character
External Conflict Struggle between a literary or dramatic character and an outside force such as nature or another character
Setting The time and place of a story or play
Foreshadowing The use of clues to hint at events that will occur later in the plot. It is used to build suspense and sometimes anxiety in the reader or viewer.
Point of View A particular attitude or way of considering a matter
First Person Point of View A narrative point of view (who is telling a story) where the story is narrated by one character at a time
Third Person Limited Point of View The narrator only knows the thoughts and feelings of one character
Third Person Omniscient Point of View A method of storytelling in which the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all the characters in the story
Imagery A language that appeals to the senses. Most images are visual-that is, they create pictures in the readers mind by appealing to the senses of sound, touch, taste, and/or smell.
Tone The choice of words or the viewpoint of a writer on a particular subject
Mood A story's atmosphere or the feeling it evokes. It is often created by a story's setting.
Diction The choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing
Connotation An idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning
Denotation The literary or primary meaning of a word, in contrast to the feelings or ideas that the word suggests
Simile A figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid
Metaphor A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable
Personification The attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form
Irony The contrast between expectation and reality-between what is said and what is really meant, between what is expected to happen and what really does happen, or between what appears to be true and what is really true
Symbol A literary device that contains several layers of meaning
Symbolism The use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities
Motif A decorative design or pattern
Theme The subject of a talk, a piece of meaning, a persons thoughts, or an exhibition, a topic
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