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

100

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

100

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

100

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

100

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

100

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

200

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

200

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

200

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

200

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

200

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

300

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

300

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

300

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

300

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

300

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

400

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.
What is a "flashback"?

400

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

400

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

400

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

400

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

500

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

500

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

500

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

500

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

500

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.”
Who is Jessica?