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incomprehensible
difficult or impossible to understand
fugitive
a person who is running away from the law, one who is fleeing
incentive
something that prompts action or effort
dispel
to cause to disappear by scattering, disperse, to drive away
eloquence
the skill or power to write or speak gracefully and convincingly
staff (noun)
a pole on which to fly a flag
tread (verb)
to walk on, over, or along; to stamp or trample
rent (verb)
past tense of rend which means to tear
stir
to excite strong feelings;
host
an army;
a great number
skimpy
not enough, inadequate
grudging
reluctant, unwilling
gaunt
thin and bony
rummage
to search through the contents of a container
benign
mild, gentle, causing no real harm
infuse
to fill; to put into or introduce
intolerant
unwilling to endure, tolerate, or allow
illiterate
unable to read and write
cavort
to leap about playfully, frolic
paranoid
excessive distrust or suspicion
tremulous
quivering or shaking
savor
to taste or smell especially with pleasure
taut
pulled tight; tense
direct characterization
when the writer simply tells the reader what the character is like
indirect characterization
when the writer reveals the personality of the character through a variety of ways other than just saying it
motive or motivation
the reasons a character behaves in a certain way
infer or inference
in reading, an inference is a guess based on clues the writer provides
enumeration
a kind of text structure that organizes information into a list
chronology
a kind of text structure that is organized by time
compare and contrast
a text structure that focuses on how two or more things are similar and different
allusion
a reference to a familiar statement, place, event, or story
paraphrase
restating every line of a particular text- especially useful with poetry
summarize
explaining only the most important points of a written work
biased treatment
when a writer presents only one side of an issue or idea
objective treatment
when the writer presents several aspects, both good and bad, of an issue or idea
broad scope
when a written work covers a lot of information about a topic, more like the big picture
narrow or limited scope
when a written work covers just a small portion of the information, more like a small snapshot
mood
the overall feeling or atmosphere of a work of literature
tone
the author’s attitude toward his or her subject, characters, and audience
setting
the time a place of a story, play, or narrative poem