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61 Cards in this Set

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One event causes another
CAUSE & EFFECT
The method of developing a character as information is stated directly by the narrator
DIRECT CHARACTERIZATION
Statement that can be proven
FACT
Hints about what is coming up in a story
FORESHADOWING
Logical guess or conclusion based on evidence
INFERENCE
Comparison between two unlike things without the use of “like” or “as”
METAPHOR
Repeated use of any element in a story to help develop the theme
REPETITION
Sequence of related events that make up a story; the action or what happens in a story
PLOT
A regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem
RHYME SCHEME
When what is expected to happen and what happens are different
SITUATIONAL IRONY
Growing tension and excitement felt by a reader
SUSPENSE
Author’s attitude toward his/her subject
TONE
Repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words.
ALLITERATION
The order in which events happen in time
CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
When the reader is aware of something that the characters don’t know
DRAMATIC IRONY
Part of the plot in which actions are taken to resolve the conflict; leads to a solution
FALLING ACTION
Extreme exaggeration made for emphasis or humor
HYPERBOLE
A struggle within a character
INTERNAL CONFLICT
The pattern of stresses, or beats, in spoken or written language
METER
Teller of a story
NARRATOR
Perspective or vantage point from which a story is told
POINT OF VIEW
Part of the plot in which complications arise
RISING ACTION
Informal language
SLANG
Person, place, object, or action that stands for something outside itself
SYMBOL
When a character says one thing and means something else or when what is said and what is understood are not the same
VERBAL IRONY
Why the author wrote a piece of literature for an audience
AUTHOR'S PURPOSE
Conversation between characters
DIALOGUE
When a character struggles against some outside person or force
EXTERNAL CONFLICT
Interruption of the present action in a story to go back to an earlier time/event
FLASHBACK
Method of developing a character through indirect means; reader must infer characters’ traits
INDIRECT CHARACTERIZATION
Person, animal, or imaginary creature that a literary work focuses on
MAIN CHARACTER
Lesson taught by a story; directly stated
MORAL
Giving of human qualities to an animal, object, or idea
PERSONIFICATION
Final stage of the plot where loose ends are tied up & the story is brought to a close
RESOLUTION
Comparison of two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”
SIMILE
Character who does not go through a major personality change during the story
STATIC CHARACTER
Point of view in which narrator is not in the story, but knows everything about all of the characters and can see into their minds
THIRD PERSON OMNISCIENT
Reference to a famous person, place, event, or other work of literature
ALLUSION
Turning point or high point of interest in the plot of a story
CLIMAX
Character that changes significantly from the beginning to the end of a piece of literature
DYNAMIC CHARACTER
Goes beyond dictionary meanings of words to create original descriptions; an overall umbrella
for many literary elements such as idiom, simile, metaphor, etc.
FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE
Expression that has a meaning different from the sum of the meanings of the individual words
IDIOM
Divisions within a poem, similar to sentences within a prose selection
LINES
Less important person, animal, or imaginary creature that takes part in a story
MINOR CHARACTERS
Use of words that imitate their meaning with their sound
ONOMATOPOEIA
Main character in a literary work; always involved in the conflict
PROTAGONIST
Point of view in which narrator speaks directly to the audience using the pronoun “you”
SECOND PERSON
The “narrator” in a poem
SPEAKER
The meaning behind the story; lesson you can learn; not directly stated
THEME
Force or character working against the main character
ANTAGONIST
Form of language spoken in a certain place or among a certain group of people
DIALECT
Beginning of a story or play; introduces characters, setting, and establishes the conflict
EXPOSITION
Point of view in which the narrator is in the story and uses pronouns such as I, we, me, etc.
FIRST PERSON
Words and phrases that appeal to the reader’s senses
IMAGERY
The story is tied to or identified by its geographical location
LOCAL COLOR
Feeling created in the reader by a literary work
MOOD
Statement that cannot be proved
OPINION
Repeated use of any element of language - a sound, word, phrase, or grammatical structure
REPETITION
Time and place of a story
SETTING
Divisions of lines within a poem; similar to paragraphs in a prose selection
STANZA
Point of view in which narrator is not in the story; brings us into the mind of only one character
THIRD PERSON LIMITED