Short Story And Literary Test
Terms in this set (39)
the introductory material which gives
the setting, creates the tone, introduces the characters, and presents other facts
necessary to understanding the story
the early part of the narrative which
builds momentum and develops the story's major conflict
the moment of highest tension or
excitement, at which the conflict comes to a head. Frequently, it is the moment of the
highest interest and greatest emotion.
the events after the climax in which
the protagonist responds to the events of the climax
the ending of the story which rounds
out and concludes the action
the central struggle or problem that moves the plot forward
Person vs person
Conflict that puts one person against another.
Person vs nature
A run-in with the forces of nature.
Person vs society
The values and customs by which everyone else lives are being challenged.
Person vs self
Internal conflict. Not all conflict involves other people. Sometimes people are their own
Person vs fate
Person struggles against fate or circumstances.
the main character in the story
the character or force that opposes the protagonist
a character who provides a contrast to the protagonist
a character that is complex and well-developed; generally a main character
a character that is not fully developed by the writer and often has very few details; generally a minor character
a character who changes inside as a result of what happens to him. This character grows or progresses to a higher level of understanding in the course of the story.
a character who does not change during the course of the story
both the time and place in which the story takes place
expresses the authors attitude or feelings about his or her subject
the atmosphere or feeling created by a literary work
The narrator is a character in the story who can reveal only personal thoughts and feelings and what he or she sees and is told by other characters.
Third Person Objective
The narrator is an outsider who can report only what he or she sees and hears. This narrator can tell us what is happening, but he can't tell us the thoughts of the characters.
Third Person Limited
the character is an outsider who sees into the mind of one of the characters
Third Person Omnicient
the narrator is an all-knowing outsider who can enter the minds of more than one of the characters
The authors message or lesson
language that appeals to any of the five senses (sight, touch, taste, smell, or hearing)
an object that represents a bigger idea or stands for something else
a comparison between two unlike things using "like", "as", or "than"
a comparison between two unlike things that does NOT use "like", "as", or "than"; states one thing IS another
giving inanimate or non-human things human qualities
an extreme exaggeration, used to provide emphasis
a common phrase made up of words that can't be understood by their literal, ordinary meanings
a brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance
guy de Maupassant 26
wd wetherell 306
The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant
James hurst 592
The Scarlet Ibis
Richard Connell 38
The Most Dangerous Game
Edgar Allen Poe 207
The Cask of Amontillado