Georgia Milestones EOC American Literature - Literary Terms (Most of the terms you will ever need to know.)
Study set for the Georgia American Literature End of Course Test (EOC).
Terms in this set (49)
The author interrupts the scene of a narrative to tell about earlier events
An author gives hints or clues as to what will happen in a story
Exaggeration for emphasis or humorous effect
When things happen that are in direct contrast to what we expect (or would like to happen)
When people say one thing but mean the opposite
When the reader knows something the character doesn't
Compares two things directly, without using the words "like" or "as"
A continued comparison throughout a work
Words that imitate specific sounds
Gives human characteristics to animals, objects, or ideas
A play on words that have similar meanings
The act of repeating words and phrases throughout a work, or repeating literary devices such as metaphors, symbols, or types of imagery
A comparison using "like" or "as"
Using one thing to represent another
The author's attitude toward a subject, character, or event.
A literary genre based on imagination and not necessarily on fact
A literary genre based on fact
A literary genre intended to be performed by actors on a stage
The story is arranged in order of time from the beginning to the end
An implied or indirect reference to a person, place, or thing that is fictitious, historical, or real
The central idea of a text
The dictionary definition of a word
A meaning or idea associated with a word
Writing that tells a story
Language to describe a person, place, or thing
Writing designed to influence the reader's thoughts in some way
A question that is not meant to be answered
The repetition of similar parts of a sentence or of several sentences to show that the phrases or sentences are of equal importance
To repeat words or phrases to emphasize a point
The word choices a writer makes
Descriptive language that appeals to the five senses; "paints a picture"
The events that occur in a story
The central character and the one with whom the reader often identifies
A character (or force) that opposes the protagonist
When and where a story takes place
A feeling or emotion created by the words and setting; by the reader
Point of View
The perspective from which a story is told
First Person POV
The point of view is told by the character that uses the first person pronoun "I."
The narrator addresses the reader directly using the word "you."
Third Person Limited POV
This is a point of view in which the narrator is outside the story and reveals the thoughts of only one character, who is referred to as "he" or "she."
Third Person Omniscient POV
Point of view in which an all-knowing narrator who is privy to the thoughts and actions of any or all characters.
Author directly describes character
The author reveals what the character is like by describing how the character looks and dresses, by what the character says, by the character's private thoughts and feelings, by the characters effect on other people, or by the character's actions.
Communication between two or more people
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
The art of writing effectively, eloquently, and persuasively.
Arrangement of words and phrases in sentences
A work that reveals a critical attitude toward some element of human behavior by portraying it in an extreme way. It doesn't simply abuse (as in invective) or get personal (as in sarcasm). It targets groups or large concepts rather than individuals.
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