Literary Terms Short Stories MLA Formatting Allusions Shakespeare/"Merchant"

100

What is "dramatic irony"?
The audience knows or understands more than the actual characters involved

100

What is a frog?
In Annie Dillard's "The Waterbug," what animal does the waterbug catch?

100

What is Times New Roman, 12pt font?
This is the standard font style and font size for MLA formatting.

100

What is to "fiddle while Rome burns"?
To do this is to display indifference in the midst of an emergency or disaster.

100

What is Stratford-upon-Avon?
Shakespeare was born here (city).

200

What is the "protagonist"?
The main/leading character of a piece

200

What is through injection of enzymes and sucking out the victim's organs?
The waterbug kills its victim in this way.

200

What is (Author's Last Name pg#)?
These things are included in an in-text citation (PD).

200

What is the "Sword of Damocles"?
This phrase refers to an awareness of impending or imminent danger.

200

What is anti-Semitism?
This is “the hatred, prejudice, or dislike of Jews.”

300

What is an "allusion"?
A reference to a mythological, literary, or historical person, place, or thing

300

Who is Amy Tan?
The author of the short story "Two Kinds."

300

What is (1) Student's Name, (2) Instructor's Name, (3) Class, (4) Date?
This is the correct order of items in an MLA heading.

300

What is "bread and circuses"?
This refers to policies designed to prevent unrest by keeping people happy and thus deflecting concern about troubling issues.

300

What is 1366-1396?
This is approximately when "The Merchant of Venice" takes place.

400

What is a "flashback"?
A scene that interrupts the present action of a narrative work to depict some earlier event – often an event that occurred before the opening scene of the work via remembrance, dreaming or some other mechanism.

400

What is personification?
“Now the fire lay in beds, stood in windows, changed the colors of drapes!” is an example of this literary device.

400

What is italicized?
This is how the titles of books, magazines, newspapers, films, and television programs are formatted in a Works Cited when typed out.

400

What is "Shibboleth"?
This has come to mean a slogan or catchword used by, or associated with, a particular party, group, or sect.

400

What is with a story from the Bible about Jacob and Laban's sheep?
In Act I, Scene 3, this is how Shylock defends his practice of charging interest on loans.

500

What is "dialect"?
Regional variety of a language distinguished by pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary; language peculiar to a particular group or social class

500

What is Machine vs. Nature?
This is the main conflict throughout "There Will Come Soft Rains."

500

What is Modern Language Association?
This is what "MLA" stands for.

500

What is a "Prometheus"?
This represents valiant resistance to authority or rebellion against the established order of the universe.

500

Who is Jessica?
Who says this quote? : “Love is blind, and lovers cannot see / The pretty follies that themselves commit, / For if they could, Cupid himself would blush / To see me thus transformed to a boy.”

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