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Literary Terms/Techniques and Figurative Language Review

By Ms. Iocco

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1.____________________ is the structure of a story; the sequence in which an author arranges events in a story. (for example: Freytag's Pyramid - exposition [inciting moment], rising action, climax, falling action, resolution)
3.A _____________________ is a comparison between two unlike things WITHOUT using like or as.
5.A __________________ is an object, color, character, etc. that represents a more abstract or complex idea.
6.___________________ characterization is when the author TELLS the reader what a character is like. (for example: Bob is generous)
9.________________________ is a struggle between two forces in a story.
10.______________________ irony is when an author or speaker says one thing, but really means the complete opposite (another word for sarcasm)
11.____________________ conflict is a struggle between a character and an outside force (for example: person vs. person, person vs. society, person vs. nature)
15.________________ ___ ______________ is the way events of a story are relayed to the reader (for example: first person [I did this], third person [he did this], omniscient narrator, limited omniscient narrator)
17.__________________________ characterization is when the reader has to FIGURE OUT what a character is like by observing his or her actions or words.
22.The ____________________ is the main character of a story who the reader gets most invested in.
25._________________________ is when something happens that is the opposite of what is expected. (This is also called situational irony)
26._______________________ is the literary technique of giving human characteristics to a non-human thing.
27.An _____________________ is a reference in one work of literature to something or someone from history or from another work of literature.
2.The main idea, moral, or lesson a story teaches you is known as its _____________________.
4._______________________ is the repetition of initial (beginning) consonant sounds in a series of words.
7.________________________ 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, (5) getting the reactions of others to the character.
8.__________________ is an extreme exaggeration which is made for effect and not to be taken literally.
12.The _____________________ is the character who gets in the way of the protagonist.
13.The ___________________ of a story is the place and time it occurs in.
14.________________________ is a word the imitates the sound it represents (for example: buzz)
16.________________________ is when an author hints about what is to come in a story in order to build suspense.
18.____________________ is the use of descriptive language to create vivid images, or word pictures which appeal to any of the five senses.
19.____________________ irony is when the reader perceives (knows) something that a character in the story does not know.
20.A ______________________ is an important/significant reoccuring idea in a story.
21.A character ______________________ is a character whose traits are in direct opposition (are opposite) to those of the main character. This character, therefore, highlights the traits of the protagonist.
23.________________________ is the author's attitude toward his or her subject. (for example: formal, informal, playful, ironic)
24.A ____________________ is a comparison between two unlike things USING like or as.

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