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American Lit Final Review

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alliteration
repeating consonant sounds at the beginning of a word
slant rhyme
a type of rhyme where words sound similar but don't rhyme perfectly
dissenters
generally have a negative attitude and believe people are capable of evil
static
a character that doesn't change by the end of the story
romantic
literature that includes imagination and values self-reflection and interaction with nature to benefit the individual
metaphor
comparison that does NOT use like or as
transcendentalists
believe people are good and have an optimistic attitude
anastrophe
the reversal of normal word order in a sentence
regionalism
form of literature that emphasizes themes, characters, and setting in a particular region
realism
form of literature that seeks to portray life as it really is
protagonist
the character that works to solve the issue in the story
personification
giving a nonhuman object human characteristics
simile
comparison using like or as
climax
the turning point in the story
fiction
a made up story
dynamic
a character that grows emotionally or learns a lesson by the end of the story
symbol
an object that is not only itself, but represents something else as well
internal conflict
conflict that happens within a person
classic
literature that focuses on traditional subjects and values making progress and benefiting society
assonance
repeating vowel sounds in the middle of words
understatement
stating less than what is meant
nonfiction
writing that has actual happened. (biographies, journals, essays)
tragic hero
a character that has potential to be successful but is destroyed by a fatal flaw
dramatic irony
a situation where the reader knows what will happen before the character does
foil character
a character who contrasts with another character in order to highlight particular qualities of the other
frame story
a story that has a secondary story within it
oral tradition
stories past down from generation to generation by word of mouth
italicized
titles of long works such as novels should be...
catalog
a list
local color
a region's distinct way of talking and behaving
myth
a type of Native American literature that teaches moral lessons
colloquial
language that is used in particular geographical area
trickster
a character that causes chaos while revealing wisdom through curiousity and cleverness
figurative
comparisons and images give new meaning to words creating a _______ meaning
elliptical
the construction of sentences in which words are left out
folk tale
a tale that portrays realistic events and has stereotyped characters, which are used to illustrate a point
quotation marks
direct quotes from a source should be identified with _______.
thesis
the concise idea you try to prove and expand on in your writing to give your paper a focus
the Red Hunt
the events of The Crucible paralleled with what other historical event
tone
the emotional perspective the author portrays towards the subject of a piece of literature
indirect
the type of characterization in which the writer reveals information about a character and their personality through thoughts, words, and actions
external
conflict that a person has with another person or nature
direct
the type of characterization in which the writer makes specific statements about a character's personality and tells what the character is like
satire
writing that uses humor, irony, or exaggeration to expose and challenge social issues
Native Americans
people whose literature reflects their beliefs that land is sacred, should be respected, and is filled with endless blessings, and that progress is a cycle
internal rhyme
rhyming in the middle of words or lines of poetry
fable
type of a story that uses animals to teach a lesson
literal
the dictionary definition of a word is its ______ meaning
citation
in MLA format the parenthetical ________ will include the author's last name and page number
free verse
poetry that does not have regular rhyme
region
the historical environment and physical and geographical location of a story
antagonist
character in a story that creates conflict