16 terms

Vocabulary for Spring Exam 2013

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Setting
both the time and place of action in a story, poem, or play.
Theme
the message about life and/or human nature that is conveyed in a literary work
Character
person , animal, or imaginary creature that takes part in the action of a literary work.
Main/Major characters
are the most important, while minor characters are less significant
Dynamic characters
change significantly in the literary work
Static characters
have little or no change throughout text
Round characters
are well described with MANY traits on thoughts, feelings and personality- you know all about them.
Flat characters
provide little information, but provide more of a background; only one trait is revealed.
Conflict
the struggle the character faces in a literary work. It can be external (from an outside force, such as another character or storm) or internal (a struggle with thoughts and emotions)
Dialogue
the words the characters speak out loud
Drawing conclusions
combining several pieces of information (details from literature/ reader's experience/ both) to make an inference.
Imagery
sensory words and phrases in a literary work that helps the reader imagine how things will look, feel, taste, touch, and/or smell.
Inference
logical guess based on evidence; similar to drawing conclusions.
Irony
the contrast (difference/opposite) of what is expected and what actually occurs.
Main idea
same as central idea or topic; the principle message of a literary work.
Plot
the story's sequence of events.