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Literary Terms and Techniques Review

By Ms. Iocco

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1._______________________________ is the struggle between two forces in a story.
4.___________________________ characterization is when the author TELLS the reader exactly what the character is life.
5._______________________ characterization occurs when the reader has to FIGURE OUT what a character is like by observing his or her actions or words.
9.A _______________________ character (or minor character) is not fully developed; we only know one side of the character.
12.An _________________________________ is a reference in one work of literature to something or someone from another work of literature or from history.
14.The __________________________ is the main character in a story who the reader gets most invested in.
16._____________________________ is when the author hints at what is to come in a story in order to build suspense.
19._____________________________ conflict is a problem that occurs between a person and an outside force (person vs. person, person vs. society, person vs. nature)
20.__________________________ is the feeling that an author wants the reader to experience (like fear, humor, sadness, hate, etc.)
21._____________________________ irony occurs when someone says the opposite of what he or she means. (sarcasm)
2.___________________________ 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.
3.A ______________________________ is an important reaccuring idea in a story.
5.___________________________ conflict is a problem that occurs between a person and his or herself (person vs. self)
6.__________________________ characterization occurs when the audience knows what a character within a story does not.
7.A ___________________________ characrer (or major character) is fully-developed, with many traits--bad and good--shown in the story. We feel that we truly know the character.
8.____________________________ is the author's attitude toward his or her subject. A writer can be formal, informal, playful, ironic, and especially, optimistic or pessimistic, etc.
10.______________________________ irony occurs when something happens that is the opposite of what is expected.
11.The ______________________________is the character who gets in the way of what the main character is trying to accomplish.
13.______________________________ is the time and place that a story occurs.
15.There are FIVE elements of ______________________. They are exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
17.A __________________________ is an object, color, character, etc. that represents a more complex or abstract idea.
18.The main idea, moral, or lesson a story teaches you is known as its _______________________________.

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