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Key Terms Character Study
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Ask you about information directly contained in the text. You may remember the answer or you may have to go back and review the text to find the information
Ask you to make inferences. An inference is an informed guess that you make after examining the evidence. It's a way of reading between the lines to find the meaning that lies just below the surface. When you make an inference, you think about what you have read and look for clues. You connect what you have read to what you know from life experience and other reading.
A kind of inference about a broad group or a frequently occurring situation. When you make a generalization, you evaluate, or consider, a larger number of cases. You check them against one another, making sure that the traits you think they have in common are really there. Generalizations should be based on clues combined with knowledge.
A person, animal, or thing in a work of literature
Breaking down a piece of literature so that it can be understood.
The process of creating a character, including: words, actions, thoughts, appearance, other peoples' thoughts and perceptions about the character.
The character that is represented most in the story. The plot usually revolves around this character.
One of the characters represented in the story, but not the main character.
A character that changes very little from the beginning to the end.
A character that goes through a significant amount of changes from the beginning to the end.
A struggle between opposing forces: usually internal or external conflict
A struggle within the character
A struggle against another character, idea, organization, etc.
Things that the character must consider before solving or dealing with a conflict.
The high point of the story, such as where a character must make a big decision.
Why do characters behave the way they do?
The positive qualities and characteristics in a character.
The negative qualities and characteristics in a character
Any use of metaphors and/or similes by the character.
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