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Abeka English Literature Quiz 12 Review (accent – dialogue)

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Accent
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The stressing of certain syllables or words.
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Action
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The actual movements and speech of characters performing or “acting out” situations on the stage.
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Allegory
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A narrative in which the character, places, and events represent certain abstract qualities or ideas designed to teach some moral lesson or truth.
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Alliteration
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The repetition of the same consonant sounds.
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Allusion
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A reference to mythology, history, or a literary work.
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Analogy
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A comparison of two different things that may share common characteristics. An analogy is often used to explain or describe something unfamiliar by comparing it to something familiar.
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Antagonist
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The opponent or force in conflict with the protagonist.
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Apostrophe
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Words addressed to an inanimate object as if it were alive or to an absent person
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Aside
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A dramatic effect in which a character directly addresses either the audience or another character. He does this to convey his inner feelings or to comment on some action performed. The other characters are assumed to have not heard the remark.
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Augustan Age
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Another name for the Neoclassical Age and the Age of Pope; the first half of the eighteenth century, marked by a return to classical standards.
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Ballad
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Often anonymous works, produced from Anglo-Saxon times until the seventeenth century, through which the common people could be understood.
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Art ballad
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An imitation by a modern poet of the early English and Scottish popular ballads.
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Popular Ballad
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A short, narrative folk song which tells of a single event in an objective manner.
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Ballad Stanza
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A four-line stanza with four accented iambic syllables in lines one and three, and three accented syllables in lines two and four. The rhyme scheme is abcb.
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Biography
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Introduces the facts of another person’s life and orders them in such a way that the reader can develop real insight into the person’s character.
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Blank verse
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Unrhymed iambic pentameter; it is used for the treatment of serious themes by many great poets including Marlowe, Shakespeare, Milton, and Wordsworth.
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Byronic hero
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A unique type of Romantic character developed by Byron and closely associated with him. This hero is rebellious, brooding, and proud.
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Caesura
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A pause or break in a line of poetry.
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Carol
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A popular art form which originated in medieval France and spread to other countries in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Originally, carols were sung as any joyous song or hymn. However, the term has now come to be associated with Christmas carols in particular. A good example of an early English folk carol is “The Cherry-Tree Carol.”
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Cavalier poets
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Lyricists of a lighthearted nature who emphasized the pleasures of this world and who wrote love songs to or about women. They supported and were loyal to the king.
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Characterization
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The portrayal of the imaginary persons who carry out the action of the plot in a novel or a story.
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Direct exposition
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Telling the reader directly what the character is like.
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Indirect revelation
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Allows the reader to draw his own conclusions from what the character thinks, or what other characters think about him.
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Characters
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The people who perform the action of a narrative, novel, or play. Each character often exemplifies a particular quality found in life.
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Dynamic character
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Undergoes some change and is different at the end of the story.
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Static character
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Remains essentially the same throughout the story.
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Comedy
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A play that ends happily; the events are trivial, everyday details of life; the characters are ordinary men rather than kings or nobles; the themes deal with man’s imperfections, vices, and weaknesses.
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Comic relief
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A humorous event or speech used to provide temporary relief from the intense drama of the play. The English playwrights used it as a comparison to “elevate” or increase the seriousness of the play.
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Conceit
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An elaborate comparison of two things which superficially have little in common.
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Metaphysical conceit
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Points out an unusual parallel between highly dissimilar elements.
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Conflict
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Struggle between opposing forces.
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Couplet
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Two rhyming lines which express a complete thought.
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Heroic couplet
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Two rhymed lines written in iambic pentameter.
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Deism
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A belief in an impersonal God, who, after creating the world, left it to run by natural laws and who left man to take care of himself by using his intellect.
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DĂ©nouement
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The outcome or resolution in which all the loose ends are tied up at the end of a play, usually a comedy.
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Dialogue
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The speeches between two or more characters in a play or all the speeches of a play taken collectively.