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Mrs. Aaron's English 2 2nd Semester Final SG

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PLAY
Tragedy
a dramatic work that presents the downfall of a dignified character or characters who are involved in historically or socially significant events
Tragic hero
the main character in a tragedy who makes an error in his/her actions that leads to his/her downfall
Comic relief
a humorous scene, incident, or speech that's included in a serious drama to provide a change from emotional intensity
Plot
sequence of related events in a story or play
Protagonist
The main character in a story or play
Antagonist
a character who opposes the main character
Foil
a character who provides a contrast to another character (exact opposite)
Dialogue
written conversation between 2 or more characters in a work of fiction or non-fiction
Aside
when a character speaks his/her thoughts aloud but in words that are only meant to be heard by the audience but not the other charcters on stage
Pun
a humorous play on words; a joke
Soliloquy
when a character stands alone on the stage and speaks for an extended period of time, during which the thoughts or feelings of the character are revealed
Monologue
when a character speaks, uninterrupted, for an extended period of time but is on stage in the presence of others
Stage directions
information printed in italic print that's supposed to guide directors and actors
Conventions
unrealistic devices or procedures that the reader/audience agrees to accept; we have to use our imaginations
Staging
all the devices used (except dialogue) which are used to communicate to the audience
Iambic pentameter
a form of meter (regular pattern of rhythm) in which there are 5 iambs in a line of verse
Assonance
repetition of internal vowel sounds of words close together in poetry (I made my way to the lake)
Simile
comparison between 2 unlike things through the use of words such as like or as (I'm as happy as a bird)
Imagery
language that appeals to any of the senses; words that use description to help create pictures or images in the reader's mind
Sonnet
consists of 14 rhymed lines, usually written in iambic pentameter
Hyperbole
an extreme exaggeration or overstatement (She wears so much makeup, she must use a shovel to put it on)
Metaphor
a comparison between 2 unlike things with the intent of giving added meaning to one of them (Morning is a new sheet of paper for you to write on)
Personification
giving something non-human, human characteristics or qualities (The pencil raced across the page)
Allusion
a reference in 1 work of literature to a person, place, or event in another work of literature or in history or art
Sestet
A group of 6 lines in poetry
Ear rhyme
most common form of rhyme; places the rhyme sound at the end of the line of verse (So dawn goes down to day, Nothing gold can stay)
Approximate rhyme
the final rhyming sounds are close, but not exactly the same (All of the evening softly lit, As an astral hall, "Father," I observed to Heaven, "You are punctual!")
Alliteration
repetition of initial sounds of words in a row (Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers)
Symbol
something in a literary work that stands for something greater than its own meaning (Wedding rings symbolize a commitment 2 people have made to each other)
Octave
A group of 8 lines in poetry
Quatrain
A group of 4 lines in poetry
Narrative
poetry that tells a story
Stanza
a group of related lines that from a division; it's like a paragraph in prose
Onomatopoeia
the use of a word whose sound imitates its meaning (whoosh, tick-tock, zoom, purr, buzz)
Lyric
type of poetry which is usually brief and focuses on the emotions and thoughts of the speaker; this type of poetry got its name because some poems in ancient Greece were accompanied by the music of a lyre)
Dramatic
poetry when 1 or more characters speak
reverberant
adj. echoing
incensed
v. to cause to be extremely angry
disjoin
v. to separate
indignation
n. anger aroused by something unjust or mean
inveigled
v. entice; trick; deceive
purge
v. eliminate; to cleanse
idiosyncratic
adj. when something is unusual or peculiar
undulations
n. wave; ripple
chide
v. to criticize or scold
disperse
v. to drive off or scatter in different directions
aesthete
n. someone who appreciates art
bellicose
adj. eager to fight
prow
n. the front end of a ship; the bow
galvanized
n. to stimulate; to bring awareness
enkindled
v. to set on fire; to tempt
redress
v. to set right or make amends
suffice
v. to meet the needs of; to be enough
saucy
adj. disrespectful
slighted
v. to treat with inattention; to insult
seigneur
n. a man of rank; a feudal lord
inebriating
v. to make drunk or to intoxicate
tyranny
n. oppression; domination
sinecure
n. an office or position requiring little work
vexed
adj. annoyed or angry
innately
adv. naturally; instinctively
aphorism
n. a brief saying
matriarchal
adj. governed by the female head of the family
inured
adj. trained; broken in
construe
v. interpret
impervious
adj. solid; not flexible
insidious
adv. dangerous
salient
adj. outstanding; important
inane
adj. senseless; silly
affable
adj. gracious; friendly; pleasant
cacophony
n. a jarring, harsh sound