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1st 9 weeks english benchmark

touchstone's first nine weeks benchmark test
STUDY
PLAY
author of the scarlet ibis
James Hurst
author of the interlopers
saki
author of the necklace
Guy de Maussapant
author of the most dangerous game
Richard Connell
alliteration
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
aside
a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
blank verse
unrhymed iambic pentameter
comic relief
A humorous scene or speech intended to lighten the mood
couplet
a pair of rhyming lines
meter
rhythm as given by division into parts of equal time
monologue
a speech by one actor; a long talk by one person
oxymoron
conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence')
personification
the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
pun
a humorous play on words
rhyme scheme
the pattern of rhyme in a poem
simile
comparison using like or as
soliloquy
in drama, a character speaks alone on stage to allow his/her thoughts and ideas to be conveyed to the audience
sonnet
a verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme
tragedy
drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance
scanning
Marking the stressed and unstressed syllables and the number of feet in a line of poetry to determine if the rhythm of the poem has a regular, measurable pattern
foil
a character whose personality and attitude contrast sharply with those of another
imagery
the ability to form mental images of things or events
metaphor
a comparison without using like or as
allusion
a reference to another work of literature, person, or event
iambic pentameter
ten-syllable lines in which every second syllable is stressed
iamb
a metrical foot in poetry that has an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, as in the word protect
assonance
the repetition of vowel sounds
consonance
repetition of final consonant sounds
prologue
an introduction to a play
quatrain
4 line stanza
setting
arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
atmosphere
The emotional tone or background that surrounds a scene
irony
The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning
verbal irony
occurs when what is said contradicts what is meant or thought
situational irony
occurs when the outcome of a work is unexpected, or events turn out to be the opposite from what one had expected
dramatic irony
when a reader is aware of something that a character isn't
conflict
a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests
tone
the writer's or speaker's attitude toward a subject, character, or audience
motif
A recurring theme, subject or idea
symbol
anything that stands for or represents something else
mood
feeling created in the reader by a literary work
plot
sequence of events in a story
climax
Most exciting moment of the story; turning point
resolution
conflicts are resolved, also called denoument
indirect characterization
the character is revealed through their personality, appearance, words, actions, and effect on others
direct characterization
author directly describes character
theme
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
subject
general idea around which a story is told, can be said in one to two words
OMNISCENT NARRATOR
3rd person, who sees into each character's mind and understands what is going on
THIRD PERSON NARRATOR
a narrator who focuses on the thoughts of just one character.With this point of view, we feel that we are seeing the action through the eyes and feelings of only one of the characters in the story.
FIRST PERSON NARRATOR
a narrator within the story who tells the story from the "I" perspective
FIGURES OF SPEECH
word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of another and that is not meant to be taken literally
FORESHADOWING
the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot
FLASHBACK
a scene or event from the past that appears in a narrative out of chronological order, to fill in information or explain something in the present
PROTAGONIST
the main character, who must overcome obstacles and resolve the conflict
ANTAGONIST
the character who works against the protagonist in the story