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Spring Final Review

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Alliteration
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse.
Allusions
a reference in a literary work to a person, place, or thing in history or another work of literature
Aside
a message that departs from the main subject
Assonance
the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words
blank verse
unrhymed verse (usually in iambic pentameter)
characterization
acting the part of a character on stage
Climax
the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse
consonance
the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words
dialogue
a literary composition in the form of a conversation between two people
direct Characterization
author directly describes character
drama
a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
dramatic irony
(theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
end rhymes
rhymes at the end of lines
exposition
a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic
external conflict
a problem or struggle between a character and someone or something outside of the character
falling action
events after the climax, leading to the resolution
fiction
a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
first person point of view
a character in the story is actually telling the story himself/herself
flashback
a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story
foreshadowing
the act of providing vague advance indications
free verse
unrhymed verse without a consistent metrical pattern
hyperbole
extravagant exaggeration
iambic pentameter
a common meter in poetry consisting of an unrhymed line with five feet or accents, each foot containing an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable
imagery
the ability to form mental images of things or events
indirect characterization
the character is revealed through their personality, appearance, words, actions, and effect on others
internal conflict
a struggle between opposing needs, desires, or emotions within a single character
irony
incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
metaphor
a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
meter
any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity
mood
a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
narrator
someone who tells a story
nonfiction
prose writing that is not fictional
personification
representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature
plot
the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.
poetry
any communication resembling poetry in beauty or the evocation of feeling
point of view
the spatial property of the position from which something is observed
prolouge
preface; introductory part
prose
ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
puns
a play on words
repetition
the act of doing or performing again
resolution
finding a solution to a problem
rhyme
a piece of poetry
rhyme scheme
the pattern of rhyme in a poem
rhytm
is the pattren of stressed and unstressed syllables in spoken or written language
rising action
events leading up to the climax
setting
arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
simile
a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')
situational irony
occurs when the outcome of a work is unexpected, or events turn out to be the opposite from what one had expected
soliloquy
a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections
speaker
electro-acoustic transducer that converts electrical signals into sounds loud enough to be heard at a distance
stage directions
The specific instructions a playwright includes concerning sets, characterization, delivery, etc.
stanzas
groups of lines in a poem
suspense
an uncertain cognitive state
symbol
something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible
theme
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
third person point of view
someone on the outside is looking in and telling the story as he/she see it unfold.
tragedy
drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance