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Literary Terms English Exam

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alliteration
repetition of initial consonant sound
allusion
reference to another literary work within a particular work
anachronism
reference to something that did not exist at the time the story is set
protagonist
main character, the good guy, who undergoes a change
antagonist
main character who is in conflict with the protagonist; the "bad guy"
mood/atmosphere
the "feeling" or emotions brought out by the story or poem
autobiography
story of a person's life written by that person
biography
story of a person's life written by another
characterization
the way an author describes or draws a character
direct characterization
author comes out and tells
indirect characterization
though action and dialogue
climax
highest point of action
chronological order
order in which events actually take place in time
turning point
where the story conflict begins to resolve
conflict
struggle or problem between two opposing forces
internal conflict
character and his conscience (himself)
external conflict
between character and another character or another force
dialect
author writes as a character speaks, according to local accents or vernacular
exposition
in drama, the presentation of essential information regarding what has occurred prior to the beginning of the play
flashback
going back to previous events
foreshadowing
giving hints or inklings about future events
hyperbole
when an author uses a major exaggeration to make a point
imagery
using words to make visual image for the reader
irony
when the opposite of what is expected happens
metaphor
a comparison of one thing to something that is seemingly dissimilar (without using like or as)
moral
lesson that a story intends to teach
narration
telling of the story
point of view
who is telling the story
personification
giving human qualities to an inanimate object
plot
sequence of events in a story
resolution
solving the "problem" in the story, trying up loose ends
setting
where and when the story takes place
simile
comparison of two objects using like or as
suspense
keeping the reader not knowing what is going to happen next
theme
main idea or lesson
tone
attitude of author