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Literature - FINAL literary terms
eighth grade lit exam
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Repeated consonant sounds occurring at the beginning of words and within words
The method an author uses to acquaint the reader with his characters.
Methods of characterization
Description of the character's physical traits and personality, Showing the character's speech and behavior, Giving the opinions and reactions of other characters toward an individual, Showing the character's thoughts and feelings
Conversation between characters in a short story, novel, play, poem, or work of nonfiction
It is personal rather than impersonal. It involves a conflict, or in some way involves the reader's emotions. Its basic purpose normally is to entertain rather than to inform, persuade, or convince.
Any language which deviates from literal language so as to furnish novel effects or fresh insights into the suject being discussed.
A stated comparison between two things that really are very different but share some common element.
A comparison that is implied rather than stated.
A form of metaphor in which a lifeless object, an animal, or an idea is made to act like a person
An exaggerated statement used to heighten effect
An interruption in the action of a story, play, or work of nonfiction to show an episode that happened at an earlier time.
An author's use of hints or clues about events which will occur later in a narrative.
Concrete details that appeal to the senses.
A reasonable and intelligent conclusion drawn from hints provided by the author.
The contrast between what is expected, or what appears to be, and what actually is.
The contrast of saying the opposite of what is actually meant.
Irony of situation
Based on the difference between the way events work out and what is expected to happen or what seems appropriate.
Irony of tone
Extends verbal irony to include lengthy passages or even an entire work in which an author expresses an attitude opposite to what he feels
The significant pattern or action in a short story, novel, or play.The plot usually involves one or more conflicts, which may be external or internal.
Point of View
The author's choice of a narrator for his story.
Personal or First Person Point of View
The narrator ("I") is a character in the story who can reveal only his own thoughts and feelings and what he sees and is told by other characters.
Third Person Objective Point of View
The narrator is an outsider who can report only what he sees and hears.
Omniscient Point of View
The narrator is an all-knowing outsider who can enter the minds of one or all of the characters.
The repetition of syllable sounds. End words that share a particular sound are called end rhyme. Rhyming words within a line of poetr are called internal rhymes.
A series of stressed and unstressed sounds in a group of words. Rhythm may be regular or it may be varied.
A literary work in which the author ridicules the vices or follies of mankind, usually for the purpose of producing some change in attitude or action.
The time and place in which the events of a narrative occur.
A person, place, event, or object which has a meaning in itself but suggests other meanings as well.
The underlying meaning of a literary work, a general truth about life or mankind. A theme may be stated or implied. Not every literary work contains a theme.
The stated or implied attitude of an author toward his subject in a particular literary work. The author reveals his attitude through his choice of words and details
"sally sells sea shells by the sea shore" is and example of a/an __________
"cute as a kitten" and "they fought like cats and dogs" are examples of ______________
"apple of my eye" and "feeling blue" are example of _________
"the stars danced playfully in the moonlight" is an example of __________
"i have a million things to do" and "i am so hungry i could eat a horse" are examples of __________
"the eerie silence was shattered by her piercing scream." is an example of ______
a police officer getting a speeding ticket is an example of ___________
"cat" and "hat" is an example of a ________
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