Shakespeare Test 1

Card Set Information

Shakespeare Test 1
2012-09-28 13:22:45

Dumb Definitions!
Show Answers:

  1. the author providing some background information to the audience aboutthe plot, characters’ histories, setting, and theme.
  2. where the basic internal conflict is complicated by theintro of related secondary conflicts, including various obstacles that frustrate the protagonists attempt to reach his goal.
    rising action
  3. the 3rd act, the turning point which marks a change for the
    better or worse in the protagonists’ affairs.
  4. the conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist unravels, with
    the pro winning or losing against the an. 
    May include a moment of doubt of the outcome.
    falling action (denouement)
  5. “God from the machine”  a seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly
    and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new
    event, character, ability, or object
    deus ex machina 
  6. poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter.  ¾ of English poetry is written in this.
    blank verse
  7. statements of proverbial wisdom, general.
  8. a set of rules,which
    both the audience and actors are
    familiar with and which act as a useful way of quickly signifying the nature of
    the action or of a character.
    dramatic conventions
  9. saying something other than the ordinary way (metaphor, simile, etc)
    stylistic devices
  10. a repetition of similar sounds in two or more
    words and is most often used in poetry and songs.

    Couplet - a pair of lines of meter in
    poetry. It usually consists of two lines that rhyme and have the same meter.
  11. the main character (the
    central or primary personal figure) of a literary, theatrical, cinematic, or
    musical narrative, which ends up in conflict because of the antagonist and with whom the audience is intended to most
  12. a character who contrasts with another character
    (usually the protagonist)
    in order to highlight particular qualities of the other character.
    dramatic foil
  13. a releasing of emotional or
    other tension resulting from a comic episode interposed in the midst of serious
    or tragic elements in a drama
    comic relief
  14. the order of events in a
    narrative or any other type of story
  15. a verse form that typically
    refers to a concept of unattainable love
  16. satirical comedy; something ridiculous,
    absurdity; mockery
    poetry farce

    poetry far
  17. branch of drama that treats
    in a serious and dignified style the sorrowful or terrible events encountered
    or caused by a heroic individual.
  18. a kind of tragedy involving
    getting retribution usually on a loved one. 
    revenge tragedy
  19. revenge tragedy with lots
    of blood and gore.
    Senecan tragedy
  20. a legendary or traditional
    story, usually one concerning a superhuman being and dealing with events that
    have no natural explanation
  21. a figure of speech that
    makes a reference to, or representation of, people, places, events, literary
    work, myths, or works of art, either directly or by implication
  22. the play is presented
    before an audience of two of the characters, who comment upon the action
  23. the nightengale
  24. in Greek mythology, was a
    Thracian king.
  25. in Greek mythology “goddess
    in bird form” the wife of Terreus, mother of Itys.
  26. ifteen books by the Roman poet Ovid,
    describing the history of the world from its creation to
    the deification of Julius Caesar within
    a loose mythico-historical framework
    Ovid's Metamorphoses
  27. the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or
    to create a strong impression, but is not meant to be taken literally
  28. a belief that may be
    adopted[1] about specific types of
    individuals or certain ways of doing things, but that belief may or may not
    accurately reflect reality
  29. a form of word play which suggests two or more
    meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding
    words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect
  30. he breaking of a syntactic unit (a phrase, clause,
    or sentence) by the end of a line or between two verses
  31. a feature in poetry in which the syntactic unit
    (phrase, clause, or sentence) corresponds in length to the line
    end-stopped lines 
  32. One of the four humors of ancient and
    medieval physiology, supposed to cause melancholy when present in excess.
    black bile 
  33. a device in which
    characters or events represent or symbolize ideas and concepts.