Literary Terms Test Questions

Flashcard maker : Lily Taylor
allusion
A reference to something the reader should recognize
antagonist
The character who opposed the main character
author
A person who writes a story
autobiography
An account of a person’s life by that person
biography
An account of a person’s life by another person
chapter
A unit of a novel
character
Person in a story
climax
The turning point of work/highest point
conflict
Struggle between characters
dialogue
Conversation in a story or a play
drama
A work intended to be seen or heard
exposition
The beginnning of a plot; where we meet the characters and find out the setting
fiction
Literature that is not true/invented
figurative language
Not literal language
flashback
An interruption in the story showing an earlier scene
foreshadow
A hint of what is to happen later
genre
A type or category of literature
humor
Quality of being comical
imagery
Words creating a sensory response to the reader (mental images)
irony
When the opposite of what’s expected to happen occurs
metaphor
A comparison of two unlike things without the use of like or as
monologue
Speech recited by one character
mood
Atmosphere or feeling in a work
narration
Act or process of telling a story
non-fiction
Factual writings
novel
Book-Length piece of fiction
passage
A brief selection to be read
personification
When something non-living or non-human is given human characteristics
plot
The sequence of events in a piece of work or story
poetry
Language that creates a response in the reader (figurative, not literal)
point of view
The vantage point from which the narrative is told
prose
Not poetry
protagonist
Usually the main character around whom the work revolves
satire
Humor that is intended to change people or society (political humor)
setting
Where and when the story occurs
simile
Comparison of two unlike things using the words like or as
stanza
A unit of a poem
symbol
An object used to represent itself and something beyond itself
theme
The main idea in a work of literature
tone
An author’s attitude toward the people, place, and events at work

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