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English Literature Terms

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short story
They read a ________ in their literature class.
=brief work of fiction usually read in one sitting; generally between 5 and 10 pages. (2 words)
fiction
Amy Tan and Sherman Alexie are __________ writers. =books and stories about imaginary people and events.
plot
They discussed the _____ of the movie.
= the main actions/events of a story.
character
The main _____ in The Absolutely True Diary is Junior.
= person or animal in a story.
narrative
Alexie uses first person __________in ATD.
= who tells the story; point of view
takes place
Harry Potter ___________ in England, during recent times.
= where and when the story occurs. (2 words)
theme
Love is a common _________ in the works of Shakespeare.
= the main subject or idea in a piece of writing, speech, film etc. Other common ones in literature are identity, friendship, violence, conflict, forgiveness, etc.
poem
They read a _________ by Walt Whitman.
= a piece of writing that usually has figurative language and written in separate lines that often have a repeated rhythm and sometimes rhyme.
prose
Alexie uses very informal ______ in ATD.
= written language in its usual form, as opposed to poetry; used to describe the language in a piece of writing.
imagery
The ______ in Tan's novel is very vivid.
= the use of words or pictures to describe ideas or actions in poems, books, films etc. Especially connected to the 5 senses
novels
Amy Tan has written several _________.
= a long written story in which the characters and events are usually imaginary.
metaphor
If you say, my love is a rose, you are using a ___________.
= a way of describing something by referring to it as something different (i.e. my love is not really a rose, but a rose is beautiful and delicate and I think love is like that, too)
climax
In "Rules of the Game," the _____ happens after Meimei returns from running away.
= the most exciting or important part of a story, usually comes near the end.
literature
Shakespeare is one of the most important writers in English _________.
= books, plays, poems, etc. that people think are important and good.
synthesis
He had to write a _______ essay, in which he compared several short stories.
= type of critical thinking that involves putting parts together to form a coherent or unique new whole.
interpretation
One ___________ about "the art of invisible strength" is that it means the power of females.
= type of critical thinking that involves breaking down complex information into simpler parts.
comprehension
Sometimes teachers ask _________ questions after students finish a reading.
= questions that show that you understood the meaning of something
infer
We can ______________ that the character's mother was strict.
= make a good guess based on the information in the reading and what we know about that topic. i.e. In the story the writer doesn't say that the mother is strict, but there is evidence and we can make a good guess.
setting
The _________ of Harry Potter is modern day England.
= when and where a story happens

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