Short Stories Unit Test Flashcards

Terms Definitions
distraught
distracted
impartial
unbiased
connoisseur
expert
Tableau
vivid description
dire
extremely serious
commonplace
not original
sagacity
wiseness (n)
Aquiver
marked by excitement
garret
an attic room
Tobermory
Saki (H.H. Munro)
Dog Star
Richard Clarke
Fanatic
marked by intense devotion
incorruptible
not possible to bribe
The Garden Party
Katherine Mansfield
Sound of Thunder
Ray Bradbury
Piri Thomas
Author of Amigo Brothers
ailment
a minor disease or sickness
The Yellow Wallpaper
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
credulity
gullibility, willingness to believe (n)
faire du feu
to make fire
disheveled
adj. (of a person's appearance) untidy; disordered
dissonance
(n) a disagreement betweens ones actions and ones beliefs
The Gift of the Magi
O. Henry
The Cask of Amontillado
Edgar Allan Poe
consternation
n. feelings of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected
caste
a social hierarchy, a social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank or profession or wealth
premonition
an early warning about a future event
careen
tilt or sway as if outta control
True
True or False: writers make choices that shape their stories
Recoil
the kick back of a gun after firing
docility
n. being ready to accept control or instruction
rising action
events leading to the climax, conflict is present, suspense is present, longest portion of the story
crisis
A moment of intense crisis, often the climax of a story.
Alice Munro
author of "How I Met My Husband"
words that convey scenes, characters, and conversations
What is diction?
Concussion
a stunning effect from a blow to the head
a surprise / open ending
ein überraschendes / offenes Ende
onomatopoeia
A word that is made to imitate a sound, like boom, or sort of made up like zowey!
Resolution
(final part of a story; also known as denouement) occurs at the end of a story, now all struggles are over; and we know what is going to happen to the people in the story.
main character / protagonist
(the most important charactar in a play, film or story) die Hauptfigur
generalization about life
a theme must be stated as a _____________ ______________ ______________
"The Masque of the Red Death" What is the response of the guests to the stranger's costume?
Disapproval and horror
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" Aside from her beauty, why else does Ichabod want to marry Katrina?
She will inherit a large property
"The Lady or the Tiger?" The author may have left the ending ambiguous because
Readers may learn something about themselves by guessing the ending
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