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Alternate Readings Novel Unit Test

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Characterization
The methods a writer uses to communicate information about characters to readers
Climax
The moment when the action comes to its highest point of dramatic conflict.
Conflict
The central source of tension and drama in the story
Dialogue
The actual words that characters speak
Dramatic irony
A technique that increases suspense by letting readers know more about the dramatic situation that the characters know
Exposition
Background material about the characters, setting, and dramatic situation with which the author introduces the essentials of the story to the reader
Falling Action
The part of the story, following the climax and leading to the resolution, in which there is a sharp decline in dramatic tension
foreshadowing
A writing technique that gives readers clues about events that will happen later in the story.
Imagery
The use of selected details to describe one thing in terms of another.
Irony
A particular tone created when the speaker intends a meaning that is opposite to the words he or she says
flashback
a dramatic scene that is presented out of chronological plot sequence
foil
a character that serves as a contrast to another
In media res
A latin term meaning "in the midst of things" that describes a plot that starts at a moment of high action in the middle of the stor and provides the reader with necessary background information later on
plot
the arrangement of story events that defines a novel's structure
subplot
a secondary storyline involving secondary characters that parallels or contrasts with the main plot involving the central characters
point of view
the perspective from which a story is told
resolution
the conclusion of the story
rising action
the part of the story, including exposition, in which the tension rises
setting
the environment in which the story takes place
suspense
techniques used by the author to keep readers interested in the story
symbol
an image, object, character, or action that stands for an idea beyond its literal meaning
theme
the story's main ideas, the message that the author intends to communicate by telling the story
tone
the clues in a story that suggest the writer's own attitude toward the elements of his or her story