8th vocab 3 week Test Study Guide
These words are the foundation of everything we will do throughout the year in 8th grade English.
Terms in this set (53)
A struggle between opposing forces. Man vs. Man, Man vs. society, Man vs. himself and Man vs. nature.
A unique combination of speech sounds that identify speech with a particular group of people.
Clues in a story that suggest later events
A reference within a piece of literature to another work of literature, art, or music or to a well known historical event, person, or place.
A central character that lacks all the qualities generally associated with heroes
A contrast or discrepancy between what is stated and what is really meant, or between what is expected to happen and what actually does happen.
A noun that has its own meaning and stands for something else. Use of images to represent emotions/feelings/internal realities/thoughts (dove=peace, heart=love)
a character who changes throughout the course of the story
A character that does not change during the plot of the story
A struggle between opposing needs, desires, or emotions within a single character.
A character struggles against some outside force: another character, society as a whole, or some natural force
Main character in a story
Determining time and place
Conversation between two or more characters
the author reveals to the reader what the character is like by describing how the character looks and dresses, by letting the reader hear what the character says, by revealing the character's private thoughts and feelings, by revealing the characters effect on other people (showing how other characters feel or behave toward the character), or by showing the character in action.
How an author tells his or her reader about the character
adj. extremely sharp or intense; n. the quality of having a sharp edge or point
ability to make good judgments
marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions
causing irritation or annoyance
a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
a cheerful and agreeable mood
a facial expression of pain or disgust
a swiftly flowing stream
a trinket or piece of jewelry thought to be a protection against evil
a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease
returning to a former state
the contemplation of your own thoughts, desires, actions, and feelings
suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc;, money set aside (as by a legislature) for a specific purpose
the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense
proving something to be false or incorrect; the act of determining that something is false
diminished in strength, quality, or utility
commanding attention; a state of widespread public excitement and interest
A comparison of 2 unlike things using "like" or "as".
1. A figure of speech in which a comparison is implied but not stated, such as "This winter is a bear." 2., A direct comparison between two things that are not alike (usually using "is" or "was".)
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
A character that does not change from the beginning of the story to the end
A character who grows, learns, or changes as a result of the story's action
A narrative device; The introductory material which gives the setting, creates the tone, presents the characters, and presents other facts necessary to understanding the story.
A series of events, conflicts, and crisis that BUILD from the beginning of a story and ends with the climax.
1. That point in a plot that creates the greatest intensity, suspense, or interest; 2. the point at which the conflict is resolved
Events that happen after the climax/crisis/turning point- usually wraps up the story and leads to the resolution/conclusion (sometimes the falling action is almost non-existent because the resolution/conclusion occurs immediately after the climax/crisis/turning point).
1. Also called the denouement, this is the final stage in the plot of a drama or work of fiction. Here the action comes to an end and remaining loose ends are tied up.
The time and place which the events of a story take place.
Feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage
Attitude a writer takes toward a subject, a character, or the audience
1. A central message or insight into life revealed through a literary work. 2. A central message, idea, or statement that unifies and controls an entire work of writing or art.
1. Experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person. 2. Performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another
Sequence of events in a story
1. a quotation pulled from the text to support a claim, statement 2. Quotations, summaries, or paraphrases from text passages to support a position