Literary Terms- Short Story

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Katy High School, English 1, HelmkeFor all the following questions, give the element that best fits the definition given.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    -struggle between two opposing forces
  • 2. 
    -clash between characters and other people/things
  • 3. 
    -struggle within the mind of a character
  • 4. 
    -the basic situation given; essential to understanding the story, introduces action of the story
  • 5. 
    -occurs when the central character meets some opposition
  • 6. 
    -occurs after the initial complication and includes all events that lead to climax
  • 7. 
    -marks the high point or most emotionally exciting part of the story (most intensity/interest/suspense)
  • 8. 
    -involves information that follows the climax, leading to final part of plot
  • 9. 
    -includes the outcome of the conflict; also known as denouement
  • 10. 
    -any secondary action that is interwoven into the main action of the story (plot)
  • 11. 
    -involves the quality of literary work that makes the rader or audience uncertain or tense about the outcome of events
  • 12. 
    -the use of hints or clues in a story that suggests what action is to come
  • 13. 
    -a scene in a short story/novel/play/movie/poem that interrupts the action to show an event that happened at an earlier time
  • 14. 
    -a contrast or incongruity between what is said and what is really meant; or between what is expected to happen and what actually does happen
  • 15. 
    -irony that is an event that directly contradicts audience's expectations
  • 16. 
    -main character in literary work
  • 17. 
    -character/force in conflict with the main character
  • 18. 
    Method of revealing a character: writer allows the reader to draw a conclusion
  • 19. 
    Method of revealing a character: author tells you what the character is like
  • 20. 
    -this typ of character has only one or two sides
  • 21. 
    -this character has many traits or has complex traits
  • 22. 
    -this character experiences change in personality
  • 23. 
    -this character doesn't change personality
  • 24. 
    -narrator is the character, uses "I, we, us, etc."
  • 25. 
    -narrator is not a character and the reader can read the thoughts of all characters
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