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Short Stories and Novels

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rising action
events leading up to the climax
falling action
events after the climax, leading to the resolution
main idea
what a piece of writing is mainly about
summary
a briefstatement that presents the main points in a concise form
excerpt
a passage selected from a larger work
tone
the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
mood
is the emotional attitude the author takes toward his subject
climax
an arrangement of words, phrases, or clauses in an order of ascending power. Often the last emphatic word in one phrase or clauses is repeated as the first emphatic word of the next.