Vocab and Literary Terms for "Flowers for Algernon" Test

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Laboratory

a place equipped for experimental study in a science or for testing and analysis

Unconscious

not knowing or perceiving: not aware

IQ (intelligence quotient)

a number used to express the apparent relative age of a person

Shrew

an ill-tempered scolding woman

Maroon

to put ashore on a desolate island or coast and leave to one's fate

Rorschach Test

a personality and intelligence test in which a subject interprets inkblot designs in terms that reveal intellectual and emotional factors

Amnesia

loss of memory due usually to brain injury, shock, fatigue, repression, or illness

Hypothesis

an educated guess

Regress

movement backward to a previous and especially worse or more primitive state or condition

Ignorance

lack of knowledge, education, or awareness

Justified

to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable

Senility

the quality or state of being senile; the physical and mental infirmity of old age

Impaired

disabled or functionally defective

Introspective

a reflective looking inward: an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings

Phonetically

of or relating to spoken language or speech sounds

Allusion

a reference to something well known in history or literature

What is an example of allusion in the story?
Why does the author use this device?

the book "Robinson Crusoe" and because Charlie is alone, has no friends, just like Robinson Crusoe, who was deserted on an island. Also, so the reader can make a connection and better understand the story

Foreshadow

when the author makes a hint to something that will happen later in the story

What is an example of foreshadow used in the story?
Why does the author use this device?

When Miss Kinnian tries to prepare Charlie for the day he realizes his co-workers aren't really his friends and because it sets a purpose for reading, suspense

Irony

suspecting something to happen, but the opposite happens

What is an example of irony in the story?
Why does the author use this device?

Charlie says he can't wait to see his "best friends" at work, but they aren't really his friends at all. They make fun of him and laugh at him, he thinks they are laughing with them. Because to show you how off Charlie's perception is

Theme

the message of a story

What is an example of theme in the story?
Why does the author use this device?

in this story, theme shows how people take advantage of the disabled. "People think its funny when dumb people can't do what they can." Because the author wants the reader to reflect and have tolerance for others

Symbolism

the practice of representing things by an object, action, or idea

Characterization

the act of describing the qualities of someone or something

What is an example of symbolism used in the story?

the book "Paradise Lost" represents Charlie's life at this point in the story because his intelligence is his paradise and he's starting to lose it.

Imagery

the use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions, or ideas, to form a mental picture in your mind

What is an example of characterization used in the story?

Charlie's intelligence is growing at a rapid rate; he reads and understands a big grammar book in one night

Conflict

to come into collision or disagreement

What is an example of conflict used in the story?

Dr. Strauss v.s. Dr. Nemur - they argue with each other about choosing Charlie for the operation. Dr. Strauss: for Charlie- he wants him to get the sugery Dr. Nemur: against Charlie- he doesn't want Charlie to get the surgery

What is an example of imagery used in the story?

when Charlie is talking about his intelligence using a dark to light comparison

Who is the author of "Flowers for Algernon"?

Daniel Keyes

The story is told from _______ person point of view.
How do you know?

first
I know this because immediantly as the story begins Charlie refers to himself as "I" and then introduces himself.

External confict is when...

you and another human being are disagreeing

Internal conflict is when...

you are having a disagreement with yourself

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