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Literary Definitions
RANDOM!
100
Setting
What is where the story takes place
100
Describe the setting of "The Most Dangerous Game"
100
Paul wants to go to an out-of-state university, but his family can only afford to pay the tuition at a local college.
What is Exposition
100
A problem that occurs inside of you; "me vs. myself"
What is Internal Conflict
100
Give an example of internal conflict
200
Plot
What is the sequence of events that make up the story
200
Describe the mood of "The Tell-Tale Heart"
200
Paul and Miranda argue about his leaving for university. Paul must choose to stay or go.
What is Climax
200
A problem that occurs outside of yourself; "me vs. the world"
What is External Conflict
200
Give an example of a Foreshadowing
300
Climax
What is the highest point of intensity in the story
300
In the "Tell-Tale Heart", the pounding of the heart growing louder and louder creates a feeling of what
What is suspense
300
Where does this scene occur: Paul packed his last pair of jeans into his bag and carried it out to the car. His mom and dad—and Miranda—were waiting with sad smiles on their faces. Paul tried to smile back at them. He couldn’t. Instead, he placed his lucky bottle cap in Miranda’s hand and climbed into the car. He was surprised to find a little box on the seat next to him. Inside it, on a cushion of cotton balls, was Miranda’s lucky letter charm—”M” for miracles.
What is Resolution
300
Uncertainty or anxiety about what will happen next
What is Suspense
300
Recite the plot of structure of "The Tell-Tale Heart"
400
Exposition
What is usually occurs at the beginning of a story.
400
The guilt the narrator of "The Tell-Tale Heart" feels after killing the old man is an example of....
What is Internal Conflict
400
Which words in the passage help you imagine where the scene takes place?: Tamika inhaled the sweet and salty air—popcorn, fried dough, and sunscreen. The buzz of children mingled with the joyful melody of the carousel. She looked down at Shana, whose dancing eyes seemed riveted on a stuffed pink unicorn. Shana squeezed her mother’s hand and led the way.
400
When the story pauses to go back in time.
What is Flashback
400
What conflict may be faced by this character, and how does the setting relate to the conflict?: Just before his shift was over, Jared stepped outside. He glanced at the trash can. He hadn’t emptied it. With a shrug, Jared flipped up the lid and pulled out the trash bag. To his surprise, there, at the bottom, lay a wallet. Jared could see that it bulged with credit cards. He looked up. No one was in sight. In fact, Jared hadn’t seen a customer for over an hour.
What is The time of day and the deserted street present a conflict for Jared: Should he take the wallet to his manager or keep it for himself?
500
Foreshadowing
What is a clue or series of clues that hint at what is coming next in the story.
500
Ransford is trapped on an island with a man who hunts humans and cannot escape unless he agrees to go hunting with the General. This is an example of what...
What is External Conflict
500
Give some examples of Moods in a story
What is gloomy, happy, suspenseful, etc
500
The events as a character struggles to achieve a goal or solve a problem
What is Rising Action
500
Draw a basic plot structure, or diagram, including all of its parts.
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