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Literary/Poetic Elem

Literature Terms Review

QuestionAnswer
A word whose sound suggests its meaning Onomatopoeia
An overused or predictable expression Cliche
Repitition of consonant sound at the beginning of words Alliteration
A comparision that does not include the word like or as Metaphor
An object that represents an idea Symbol
Extreme exaggeration used to make a point Hyperbole
A comparison that includes the words like or as Simile
The act of giving human qualities to animals or inanimate objects Personification
A statement that is weakened to convey stronger meaning Understatement
What bird is typically used as a symbol of peace? Dove
What object is typically used as a symbol of love? Heart
"It is raining cats an dogs" is an example of an __________ Idiom/Idiomatic expression
The baby's cry is so loud that it could be heard from five miles away. Hyperbole
The sneaky spider spit his spiky silky thread at the fence is an example of ______________. Alliteration
The boy is a tall as a skyscraper is an example of ____________. Simile
"I am a rock, tough and unforgiving" is an example of what type of figurative device? Metaphor
The tree branches grabbed at the unsuspecting hikers. Personification
What are the five main elements/parts of stories? Plot
Which element of plot gives bakcground information, tells where the story takes place, and usually introduces characters Exposition
Which element of plot reveals the problem(s) or conflict(s) Rising Action
Which element of plot is the peak of action or the turning point in the story? Climax
Which element of plot explains the result of the climax? Falling Action
Which element of plot explains how problems or conflicts are resolved? Resolution
The main character in the story is called the____? Protagonist
The character who works against the protagonist is called the __________? Antagonist
A character who changes because of what happens to him or her during the story is called a _________________? Dynamic Character
A character who stays the same throughout the story is called a _______________? Static Character
Which element produces tension and drives the action of the plot? Conflict
What are the five main types of conflict? Person vs. Person Person vs. Nature Person vs. Society Person vs. Self Person vs. Supernatural
Which element refers to an author's voice or attitude about what he or she writes? Tone
What is the feeling the reader gets from a story - not necessarily the feelings characters in the story have called? Mood
What factor's make up a writer's style Word choice, sentence structure, and use of figurative language
The narrator is one of the characters and uses pronouns such as I, me, we, my, and our when telling the story First-Person Point of View
The narrator is someone outside the story who tells what happens Third-Person Point of View
The narrator recounts events as a single character in the story might experience them but is not part of the story Third-Person Limited
The narrator knows all, sees all, and can explain the thoughts of more than one character Third-Person Omniscient
The interruption in a story's sequence of events that takes the reader back to an earlier time. Explains the thoughts, feelings, or actions of a character and supply the history of the character. Flashback
The use of clues, hints, or signals that suggest what will happen next in a story. Foreshadowing
Informs a reader about a topic. Biographies and autobiographies are two common forms of this genre. Nonfiction
The main character in this genre is usually on the quest to find or achieve something. Adventure
This genre includes the following elements: Suspect, Means, Evidence, Motive, Alibi, and Red Herring Mystery
This genre uses science and often technology to create extraordinary plots Science Fiction
This genre include tall tales and fairy tales and were originally passed by word of mouth. Folktales
The characters an events in this genre have no basis in science, and the incredible settings and characters are products of the author's rich imagination. Fantasy
Created by: amyholmes