6th grade Lit. mid-term

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coax

to persuade

console

to comfort

relentless

refusing to stop or give up

depleted

used up

tyrant

a cruel and unjust ruler

ravage

to destroy or ruin

plague

to torment

ponder

to think over carefully

peasant

any poor farm laborer

revive

to bring back to life

bewilder

to completely confuse

heed

to give careful attention to

agonize

to suffer

plight

sad or upsetting situation

revelation

to suddenly understand

mortify

ashamed or embarrassed

seize

to grab or take hold of

perpetual

continuous or lasting forever

pandemonium

wild disorder or confusion

reluctant

unwilling or slow to act

nonchalant

without enthusiasm or indifferent

languish

to become weak, lose energy, or droop

ludicrous

something ridiculous

reprisal

to pay back a wrong

flaunt

to show off to impress others

stoic

person who remains calm during times of pain

unison

together as one

plot

sequence of events told in order; the action of the story

conflict

the struggle between two opposing forces

climax

the turning point or high point of suspense in the story

conclusion

the resolution of the conflict or end of the story

1st person oint of view

story told by character within a story (pronouns I, me, our, we...)

3rd person point of view

story told by a narrator who uses pronouns (he, she, they, them...)

flat character

has only one trait; doesn't change during the story

round/dynamic character

grows and is fully developed during the story

topic sentence

gives the main idea and grabs the attention of the reader

supporting sentences

explain and give facts to back up topic sentence

transitions

words/phrases that tie sentences together to make paragraph flow (ex. however,therefore, on the other hand, of course...)

theme

gives a moral, life lesson, or main idea to be learned

setting

the time and place of the story

bibliography/works cited page

gives the author, title, publisher, place of publication, copyright date of a literary work

forshadowing

hints or clues of what is to come

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