Non-Fiction Vocabulary Test Flashcards

Terms Definitions
Tranquil
Peaceful
incessantly
endlessly; constantly
disparaging
disapproving, pained
Melting Pot
Anna Quindlen
Phil Archer
Maltese Falcon
Denotation
A word's dictionary definition.
autobiography
a biography of yourself
Exposition
background information on the characters, setting, and situation, usually found at the beginning of a story
Recalcitrant
Difficult to control or overcome
Melodrama
Fiction characterized by exaggerated emotions, stereotypical characters, and interpersonal conflicts.
Elements of nonfiction
-main idea
-structural patterns
-repetition
vagina
mouthian dew that is unopened
Tone
The authors overall approach towards the subject of reader
Comparison
examining the similarities between two or more people, places, ideas, or objects
Style
distinctive way an author uses language.
TRAIT
Characteristics of characters in a story.
internal conflict
a problem within a character
antipathy
n. an aversion; an opposition in feeling; dislike
Historical Fiction
tack place historcal setting time period portrayal of life period of history
Non-Fiction
Prose writing that is about reality (presents and explains ideas or tells about real people, places, objects,events, ideas, feelings).
Essay
A short nonfiction work that addresses a specific subject
gratuitous act
acting apart fro any reason, motivation and incentive
COMPARE/CONTRAST
An organizational structure of text in which a description of similarities and differences among two or more things occurs.
meaty jowls
fleshy, substantial, solid cheeks or jaws
Plot
chain of related events that take place in a story
*Confidant
someone that the protagonist talks to, enabling the audience or reader to become aware of the protagonist‟s motivation
Omniscient
The point of view where the narrator reveals the thoughts of several characters.
Purpose
A writer's purpose may to be to inform, entertain, or persuade the audience or to express an idea about life in general.
static character
a character that remains the same; doesn't change mind or opinion
Falling Action
Part of the plot after the climax
Theme
a central message or insight into life revealed through a literary work which can be stated directly or implied
colloquial expression
words and phrases used in everyday speech but avoided in formal writing
allusion
reference to aspects of a culture that people share
socioeconomic class
position based upon social rank and amount of money possessed
Persusaive techniques
Transfer, bandwagon using you are the best, testimonial saying if you use this product something will happen to you, and snob appeal using hot guys, and pretty women in their porducts to make you want to buy them.
narrative essay
tells the story of real events or experiences
shows ways in which two or more subjects are similar and diffrent
compare/contrast organization
Edgar Allen Poe - 1842
Review of twice told tales
Direct characterization
the writer tells us directly what a character's personality is like
Dialect
The form a spoken language used in a certain region.
autobiogrophy
a person writes about his or her own life
indirect characterization
an author shows, not tells, you what a character is like.
Remember STALE
Speech
Thoughts/Feelings
Actions
Looks/Appearance
Effects on others
auto-biography
is a persons account of his or her own life
Turning Point
a point in a work in which a very significant change occurs
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