Literary Terms Final Review
Terms in this set (57)
a character who changes and grows (in beliefs, actions, or thoughts) during the course of a story
a character who remains the same throughout the course of a story
a character struggles with an outside force (person vs. person, person vs. nature, person vs. fate, person vs. society)
a character struggles with an inside force (opposing needs, desires, or emotions) -- person vs. self
the rising action of a story; the episodes or events leading up to the climax; suspense and interest build (stage two of a story plot)
the point of highest tension or interest; the turning point in a story (stage three of a story plot)
the falling action & conclusion of the story where most questions are resolved (stage four of a story plot)
First Person (point of view)
a character in the story tells it
Third Person omniscient (point of view)
a narrator tells the story with an all-seeing eye; narrator can move in and out of characters
the overall feeling a story creates in the reader; the atmosphere of the story (e.g., scary, humorous, inspiring)
the author's message about life or human nature as it relates to some subject or topic.
the reader gets to know a character directly from the narrator
the reader gets to know a character indirectly from the narrator, character, and/or other characters
a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two seemingly unlike things (without using like, as, as if, than, or resembles)
a figure of speech in which an object or animal is referred to as if it had human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes; the tree sighed.
a figure of speech in which a person, place, thing, or event stands for something else (beyond itself).
A story passed on by word of mouth for the purpose of teaching the ideas
hints or clues about what will happen next in the story
the contrast between what's expected and what actually happens
a reference to someone or something from literature, religion, history, or another field or branch of culture.
A phrase that wouldn't make sense if taken literally: "raining cats and dogs"
Writing that ridicules or makes fun of something in order to bring about change.
A long narrative poem usually of a heroic character who emodies the values of society
A poem that expresses a feeling or observation about something; not narrative
A seeming contradiction but usually expresses a profound truth
1st person point of view
In the original Diary of Anne Frank, she tells her story from this point of view.
The rage and anger pulsed through his body until he could not control it: he turned into the HULK!
The girl's poem was a bouquet of dried flowers that lives on beyond the grave.
The description of Scrooge's empty house and the eerie shadows shows Dicken's amazing skill in creating __________.
"Paul Revere's Ride" or "Casey at the Bat" both tell stories in this type of poetry.
This type of lyric poem celebrates a person or thing.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." Jim Elliot who died as a missionary martyr by the Auca Indians
In "Goldilock and the Three Bears," we find an example of this in the three discoveries of porridge pot, chair, and bed.
The clouds wept uncontrollably as they mourned the loss of the sun.
This term in architectural terms can best be described as the frame or structure of the work.
A Benicia boy barfed beyond belief!
Mark Twain's unedited self-written memoirs were not published until 2010, a century after his death.
"The highwayman came riding ... riding, riding, riding, up to the old inn door," Mr. Reed sang.
The book written about Abraham Lincoln revealed little known secrets never before published.
When he told me that I was being "obdurate," i felt insulted even though I didn't know the meaning of the word.
Literary terms are a joy to study,
Mr. Reed's quiz is my best buddy.
lame (adj) -- disabled so that movement is difficult or impossible.
"Jack, are you ready?" Jim asked with a smile. "Not really. But it's now or never," Jack replied.
Twain's "The Adventues of Huckleberry Finn" uses the original dialect of the South. His slang usage of words is an example of this term.
Lucy was gentle, sweet, and compassionate, forgiving all wrongs, and willing to go out of her way to help the needy.
Every year, Dicken's Christmas Carol is staged. Whenever a work is performed it is now referred to as a ____________.
When the audience knows the coming fate of the characters, as in The Diary of Anne Frank, you have a perfect example of this.
Buck is a perfect example of this when he is transformed from the spoiled king at the beginning to the wild legendary wolf-dog at the end.
Homer's Illiad, a long narrative poem that tells about the deeds of a hero like Achilles, is considered a perfect example of this.
Buck and Spitz fought to the death.
Disney often makes movies from these stories because they have no known author and are passed down to each generation, like "Cinderella" or "Rapunzel."
The clue that something bad is coming later in the story is referred to as this.
I'm tired. I'm going to "hit the sack."
Buck's struggle to stay with John Thornton or to answer the "call of the wild."
An example of this is a poem like "Untitled" where the father writes a poem expressing his feelings to his son Peter.
In a story, if the coolest kid in school expects Jill to go to the prom, but she ends up selecting his nerdy brother, you have a perfect example of this.
If somebody does something stupid and you say "That was real smart!!" you have a perfect example of this.