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7th Grade Exam Literary Terms

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Allusion
An indirect or brief historical, literary, or cultural reference to something outside the world of literary work.
Dialect
A way of speaking that is characteristic of a particular place or certain group
Conflict
A struggle between two opposing forces

Ex. External Character VS. Self
Character Vs. Nature
Character Vs. Society
Character Vs. Fate
Character Vs. Supernatural
Rising Action
The events leading up into the climax
Climax
The highest point of unresolved conflict
Sensory Imagery
The language that appears to one of the five senses

Ex.
Sight- Visual Imagery
Sound- Auditory Imagery
Smell- Olfactory imagery
Touch- tactile imagery
Taste- Gustatory imagery
Metaphor
A comparison between two unlike things
Simile
A comparison between two unlike things that use 'like' or 'as' or 'than'
Personification
The attribution of human qualities or characteristics to an object or animal
Mood
How the author's use the setting affects the way a reader feels about a scene
Tone
How the author's use of dialogue word choice punctuation affects the way a reader feels about a scene
Natural Setting
Spaces/Places or elements that come from nature

Ex. Temperature
Manufactured Setting
Spaces/places or elements that are man-made

Ex. Computer, school
Cultural Setting
Spaces/ places or elects that help to define society.
Suspense
The reader's uncertainty or anxiety about what will happen next in a story
Unreliable narrator
A first person narrator whose reliability is questioned due to his/her perspective and characterization
Motif
A recurring element in a text (can be abstract or concrete) hard to be a noun one word
Theme
A message that the author conveys to the reader
Deus Ex Machina
Any unexpected or improbable device used to solve a problem and bring the work to a close
Dynamic Character
A character who undergoes an important inner change, as a change in personality or attitude
Round character
A character who experiences a lot of things and has a lot to him/her.
Flat character
A character who's not deep.
static character
A character who undergoes little or no inner change; a character who does not grow or develop.
epiphany
A character's moment of realization
verbal irony
Sarcasm
situational irony
in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended
dramatic irony
irony that is inherent in speeches or a situation of a drama and is understood by the audience but not grasped by the characters.