40 terms

English Semester Test (Monday)

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plot
the series of related events that make up a story or a play
exposition
tells us who the characters are, gives background information and reveals the conflict
rising action
when the characters take steps toward resolving the conflict
climax
most exciting part of a story; the point at which the outcome of the conflict is decided
falling action
all loose ends are tied together
resolution
the conflict is resolved and the story is brought to a close
conflict
struggle or crash between opposing characters or opposing forces
external conflict
when a character struggles with some outside force own mind or heart
internal conflict
when the conflict takes place within the character
flashback
scene in a movie, play, short story, novel, or narrative poem that interrupts the present action of the plot to flash backward and tell what happened at an earlier time
foreshadowing
the use of clues to hint at events that will occur later in a plot
prediction
a guess based on evidence
character
person in a story, poem, or play
characterization
the process of revealing the personality of a character in a story
direct
when a writer tells you directly what a character is like
indirect
the use of different methods by a writer to reveal the personality of a character
narrator
the voice telling a story
irony
a discrepancy (difference) between expectations and reality
dramatic
when the audience or reader knows something the characters do not know
situational
when the opposite of what you expect to happen is what really does happen
verbal
when the speaker or writer says one thing but means something completely different
point of view
vantage point from which a writer tells a story
setting
the time and place of a story or play
style
the particular way in which a writer uses language
symbol
person, place, thing, or event that stands for itself and for something beyond itself as well
theme
central idea of a work of literature
tone
attitude a writer takes toward a subject, a character, or the audience
mood
the overall emotion created in a reader when reading a story
protagonist
the main character in a story
antagonist
the person or force working against the main character
diction
a writer's choice of words
voice
the writers or speaker's distinctive use of language in a text
dialect
way of speaking that is characteristic of a particular region or a particular group of people
dialogue
the conversation between characters in a story or play
motivation
the reasons for a character's behavior
static character
a character who does not change much over the course of a story
dynamic characters
a character who changes in some important way as a result of the action of a story
omniscient
told by an outside observer who knows everything about all the characters
limited
told by an outside observer who focuses on only one character
first person
when the person telling the story is telling the story