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Literary Terms and Techniques Review

By Ms. Iocco

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1.The _________________________ is the main character of a story who the reader gets most invested in.
6.The main idea, moral, or lesson a story teaches you is known as its ________________________.
8.A ____________________________ ____________________________ or minor character is not fully developed; we know only one side of the character.
11.___________________________ _____________________________ is a struggle between a character and an outside force (for example: person vs. person, person vs. society, person vs. nature)
13.A __________________________ an object, color, character, etc. that represents a more abstract or complex idea.
14.The exposition ends with the __________________________, which is the single incident in the story's action without which there would be no story.
15._______________________________ _____________________________ is when the author TELLS the reader what a character is like. For example: Bob is generous.
17._________________________________ is the use of description of figurative language to create vivid images, or word pictures. These images may appeal to the sense of sight or to any of the other senses.
22.______________________ _____________________________is when an audience perceives something that a character in the literature does not know.
28.______________________________ is a struggle between two forces in a story.
29._________________________ is the author's attitude toward his or her subject. A writer can be formal, informal, playful, ironic, and especially, optimistic or pessimistic, etc.
30.____________________________ is the method used by a writer to develop a character. The method includes (1) showing the character's appearance, (2) displaying the character's actions, (3) revealing the character's thoughts, (4) letting the character speak, and (5) getting the reactions of others.
31.A ___________________________ is a comparison between two unlike things USING LIKE or AS.
33.________________________________ is when an author hints at what is to come in a story to build suspence.
34.The ____________________________ ____________________________ is the fourth element of plot. It is the sequence of events that follow the climax and end in the resolution or conclusion. Usually, during this part of the story, the conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist unravels, with the protagonist winning or losing against the antagonist.
2.____________________________ is the fifth element of plot. It is the conclusion of a story which ties up all loose ends.
3.______________________________ ______________________________ is when the reader has to FIGURE OUT what a character is like by observing his or her actions and words.
4.___________________________ _____________________________ is a struggle that occurs between a character and his or her self in this person's own mind (person vs. self)
5.A ____________________________ is an important reaccuring idea in a story.
7._____________________________ is the first element of plot. It sets the scene and circumstances of a work of literature. It includes introcuction to characters and their motivations and goals, setting, tone, and themes.
9.__________________________ ___________________________ is when an author or speaker says one thing, but really means something completely different (another word for sarcasm)
10.A _________________________ ____________________________ is a character who possesses expected traits of a group rather than being an individual (like the "jock" or "nerd")
12._______________________ is the structure of a story. The sequence in which the author arranges events in a story.
16._______________________ is the literary technique of giving human characteristics to a non-human thing.
18.________________________ is a word that imitates the sound it represents (like buzz)
19.A ___________________________ ______________________________ or major character (main character) is fully-developed, with many traits--bad and good--shown in the story. We feel that we know the character so well that he or she has become a real person.
20._______________________________ ______________________________ is the second element of plot. It involves the plot points and complications. It is the series of events that follow the exposition, build up and create tension and suspense, and eventually lead up to the climax of the story. During this part of the story, the conflicts within a story are presented as well as the various obstacles that frustrate the protagonist's (main character or character’s) attempt to reach his or her goal.
21.A ___________________________ _________________________ is a character whose traits are in direct contrast (are opposite) to those of the principal /maincharacter . The character therefore highlights the traits of the protagonist.
23.The _____________________________ is the character who get in the way of the main character (who the reader gets most invested in)
24.An ___________________________ is a reference in one work of literature to something or someone from history or from another work of literature.
25.The ________________________________ of a story is the place and time that it occurs in.
26.A _____________________________ is a comparison between two unlike things WITHOUT USING LIKE or AS.
27.______________________________ is the third element of plot. It is the turning point or highest point of tension in a story. It is that point in the story where the protagonist’s (main character) decision/action makes the final outcome inevitable.
32._________________________________ is when something happens that is the opposite of what is expected (This is also known as Situational Irony)

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