Literary Terms English Exam

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alliteration

repetition of initial consonant sound

allusion

reference to another literary work within a particular work

anachronism

reference to something that did not exist at the time the story is set

protagonist

main character, the good guy, who undergoes a change

antagonist

main character who is in conflict with the protagonist; the "bad guy"

mood/atmosphere

the "feeling" or emotions brought out by the story or poem

autobiography

story of a person's life written by that person

biography

story of a person's life written by another

characterization

the way an author describes or draws a character

direct characterization

author comes out and tells

indirect characterization

though action and dialogue

climax

highest point of action

chronological order

order in which events actually take place in time

turning point

where the story conflict begins to resolve

conflict

struggle or problem between two opposing forces

internal conflict

character and his conscience (himself)

external conflict

between character and another character or another force

dialect

author writes as a character speaks, according to local accents or vernacular

exposition

in drama, the presentation of essential information regarding what has occurred prior to the beginning of the play

flashback

going back to previous events

foreshadowing

giving hints or inklings about future events

hyperbole

when an author uses a major exaggeration to make a point

imagery

using words to make visual image for the reader

irony

when the opposite of what is expected happens

metaphor

a comparison of one thing to something that is seemingly dissimilar (without using like or as)

moral

lesson that a story intends to teach

narration

telling of the story

point of view

who is telling the story

personification

giving human qualities to an inanimate object

plot

sequence of events in a story

resolution

solving the "problem" in the story, trying up loose ends

setting

where and when the story takes place

simile

comparison of two objects using like or as

suspense

keeping the reader not knowing what is going to happen next

theme

main idea or lesson

tone

attitude of author

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