AP Literature Terms Test

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  1. 4 types of conflict
    • Protag vs. nature
    • Protag vs. society
    • protag vs. another person
    • protag vs. self
  2. Plot
    A sequence of events
  3. 5 parts of plot
    • Exposition
    • rising action
    • Climax
    • Falling action
    • Denouement
  4. Exposition
    Beginning of story-introduced to the characters and setting
  5. Rising Action
    Characters have problems> conflict arises
  6. Climax
    Problems are dealt with; high point of action
  7. Falling Action
    Consequences od the decisions made in the climax
  8. Denouement
    Ending; closes the story
  9. Plot structure
    • Chronologically
    • flashbacks
    • subplots
  10. Chronologically
    events are in order from occurence
  11. Flashbacks
    interweaving events from various times
  12. subplots
    shed light by comparison or contrast of the main plot
  13. Deus ex machina
    A god from a machine; easy way to solve all the problems
  14. Example of deus ex machina
    used to describe situations when a story ends with an unlikely miracle
  15. characterization
    the way the author communicates the natures of people in the story
  16. Direct Characterization
    TELLING; the writer makes direct statements about a character's personality and tells what the character is like.
  17. Indirect Characterization
    SHOWING; reveals characters through their actions and statements
  18. 2 types of characters
    • Major
    • minor
  19. Major
    the most important character in the story; the one the story is about; the protagonist/ antagonist may also be one
  20. Minor
    plays subordinate roles
  21. 4 types of characters
    • static
    • dynamic
    • flat
    • round
  22. Static
    Change very little or not at all during the story
  23. Dynamic
    Changes as a result of events; changes may be subtle or dramatic
  24. Flat
    easily summed up; simple character; can be described in one or two words/phrases
  25. Round
    presented as a complex individual; cannot be captured with a single word or phrase
  26. Setting
    the time and place of the story's actions; can be considered a character; create a passive background; create a mood
  27. Local Color
    the use of details about the customs and way of life in a specific place
  28. Atmosphere
    the mood or overall feeling established by a story
  29. Point of view
    Position or perspective from which the events of a story are seen
  30. First Person
    Perspective from one of the characters in the story; Tells story using first person pronoun (I) Limited
  31. Third person
    All characters are referred to by name of by HE, SHE, THEY, IT
  32. Third Person LIMITED
    perspective is limited on what one character does, observes, or thinks; seen through their eyes; other characters are seen through that one characters eyes only; DO NOT KNOW EVERYTHING
  33. Third Person OMNISCIENT
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AP Literature Terms Test
2014-10-03 01:50:55
Part One

Plot, Characterization, Setting, Point of View
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