Literary Terms Quiz
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Series of events which make-up a story
Initial part of a story where readers are exposed to setting and characters
Event in the story which kicks the action forward and begs for an outcome
Difficulties faced by characters as they experience internal and external conflicts
Watershed moment when it becomes apparent that major conflicts will be resolved
(Denouement): tying up of the loose ends of the story
Plots beneath and around the major plot
Hints and clues of plot
Portion of a plot when a character relives a past experience
Plot which begins in the present, quickly goes to the past for story, then returns
A large plot sequence that is made up of a series of minor plot sequences
Likelihood that certain events within a plot can occur
Multiple stories told along the sequence and spaced to sustain continual interest
Point of View
Eyes through which a story is told
First Person Major
(participant major): narrator is the major character in the story
First Person Minor
(participant minor): narrator is a minor character in the story.
Third Person Omniscient
(non-participant omniscient): narrator is outside the story and capable of seeing into the heart, mind and motivations of all characters
Third Person Limited
(non-participant limited): narrator is outside the story and capable of seeing, at most, into the heart, mind, and motivations of one character. Narrator is objective if not omniscient
Time and place of a story, both physical and psychological
Physical (External) Setting
The time and place of a story, general and specific
Psychological (Internal) Setting
Mood, tone, and temper of story
Man is free to choose against moral, spiritual backdrops. If you make good decisions, you will be rewarded. There is a God that is in control
Man is free to choose absent backdrops other than his own. If he feels it is right, then it is right
Man is largely trapped, a cog in the impersonal machinery. He has no real way of changing his circumstances
Eclectic view, but leaning toward the naturalistic position. Sometimes good things happen to bad people, and sometimes bad things happen to good people. That is just the way it is.
Man is free, but appears to be trapped due to conflicting codes
Offshoot of romanticism, nature is a window to divine
Fallout of either extreme existentialism or naturalism. Life is horrible and painful. It lacks meaning
Nature of the problems faced
Four Universal Conflicts
- Man vs. Himself
- Man vs. Man
- Man vs. Society
- Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Meaning/God/Machine/The Unknown
Nature,type,and development of characters
Central figure in a story, character who absorbs brunt of the burden and conflicts
Character (or force) opposing the protagonist
Basic "fill-in" character used to make scenes realistic
Character with some, but not extensive dimension and development
Multi-sided, multi-dimensional, fully-developed character
Character whose basic values remain consistent from story's start to finish.
Character whose basic values undergo change from story's start to finish
Code indicates a character who is self-aware for an internal pattern for the behavior. Coded characters must be willing to exercise discipline and personal sacrifice in service to the pattern.
Physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social? Fear or love? Virtues? Vices? Governing tendencies?
Is the character moving toward love or fear; identity or disintegration; conformity or non-conformity; self-mastery or solitude; contentment or disillusionment
What is the character trying to obtain, retain, regain, or explain?
Character and Forces
Is the character entrapped by outside forces?
Is the character entrapped by inside forces?
Is the character free with clear choices?
Is the character free with murky choices?
Method of Development
Events, actions, narrator's analysis, personal dialogue, object of dialogue.
When the concrete takes on abstract values - An object remains true to itself, but begins to take on connotations of meaning derived from the work.
Central insight in the work, the meaning beneath the plot, the life comment
- Self-mastery/ Self-realization
Reference in literature to literature or history -
The two great sources of allusion in Western Literature are the Bible and Shakespeare.
Combination of words and elements that produce a unique personality
- Writers choice and use of words.
- Nature of the language employed: language of images, language of ideas, language of metaphor.
- Writer's palette is the blending of other elements, such as symbols, characterization, allusion, setting, etc.
Break in the natural logic with a story, a logical inconsistency
Inconsistencies between perception and reality-the audience knows what the characters do not.
Circumstances work at cross-purposes to common sense