Literary Elements Quiz: Dialog, Dialect, Conflict, Plot, Tone, Voice

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Setting refers to the ___________ in which a story or poem takes place

location

Point of View or Narrative Voice is the perspective from which the story is ___________

told

Characterization is the way an author develops and portrays the ___________ in a story or poem

characters

Dialog or Dialogue is the conversation between the ___________ in a story or poem

characters

Dialect or Colloquial Language is the style of speaking of the narrator and the characters based on their ___________, time period, and social expectations

region

A symbol could represent a group of meanings, or more than one meaning. 1. _____________: A story with a hidden deeper meaning that adds weight to it is an allegory.

Allegory

Fantasy: a story that deviates from reality and is not _____________.

realistic

Many serious works contain humor, which is typically expressed through _____________.

irony

Irony is a literary device that highlights some incongruity in a character's behavior or in the customs of a society to express a truth about human experience. Verbal Irony: simplest kind, ____________, word play.

sarcasm

Dramatic Irony: the contrast between what a character says or thinks and what the reader knows to be true. Situational Irony: the discrepancy is between appearance and reality, expectation, and fulfillment, or what is and what would seem _____________.

appropriate

Romance Fantasy, love, naivete, extravagance, and adventure are common elements in romance novels, and the hero lover consistently overcomes all obstacles to be with his true ___________.

love

In romance novels, fantasy, love, naivete, extravagance, and adventure are frequent themes, with the hero lover overcoming all obstacles to be with his true love. This is an example of ______.

Characterization

Thrillers and suspense books are described as tense, thrilling, and frequently sensational works with clever, narrative, swift action, and persistent suspense. A writer in this genre wants to provide the reader a story that's full of shocks, constant suspense, and a sense of impending doom. This description highlights the importance of ______.

Setting

These books, which depict life on America's post-Civil War western frontier, are simply referred to as 'westerns.' They frequently feature confrontations between cowboys and outlaws, cowboys and Native Americans, or cowboys and Westerners. This refers to the genre's specific ______.

Setting

With its gut-wrenching terror, this popular genre keeps readers turning the bloody pages. This description focuses on creating a specific ______ through the narrative.

Setting

Allusion is defined as a reference to a familiar person, place, or event. This literary device adds depth to the ______ of a story.

Setting

Idiom is defined as a cultural expression that cannot be taken literally. Using idioms can contribute to the ______ of characters in a story.

Characterization

Study Notes

Literary Devices

  • Dialogue is the conversation between characters in a story or poem.
  • Dialect or Colloquial Language is the style of speaking of the narrator and characters in a story or poem, based on their region, time period, and social expectations.
  • Tone and Voice are the distinctive ways a narrator tells a story or poem, depending on the intended audience, purpose, and feelings about the subject.

Literary Elements

  • Plot is the series of events in a story or poem.
  • Style is the way a writer uses words to craft a story or poem.
  • Mood is the feeling or emotion the writer wants the reader to experience.
  • Theme and Message are the main topic of a story or poem and the message the author wants to convey about that topic.

Symbolism

  • A symbol can represent a group of meanings or more than one meaning.
  • Allegory is a story with a hidden deeper meaning that adds weight to it.
  • Irony is a literary device that highlights some incongruity in a character's behavior or in the customs of a society to express a truth about human experience.

Irony Types

  • Verbal Irony is the simplest kind, using sarcasm or word play.
  • Dramatic Irony is the contrast between what a character says or thinks and what the reader knows to be true.
  • Situational Irony is the discrepancy between appearance and reality, expectation, and fulfillment, or what is and what would seem appropriate.

Genres

  • Mystery has a central crime at its heart, usually a murder, and the action centers around an astute investigator's efforts to solve the crime.
  • Romance novels have elements of fantasy, love, naivete, extravagance, and adventure, with the hero lover overcoming all obstacles to be with his true love.
  • Science fiction/fantasy novels have elements of fantasy, love, naivete, extravagance, and adventure, with the hero lover overcoming all obstacles to be with his true love.
  • Suspense/thriller novels are tense, thrilling, and frequently sensational works with clever, narrative, swift action, and persistent suspense.
  • Western novels depict life on America's post-Civil War western frontier, frequently featuring confrontations between cowboys and outlaws, cowboys and Native Americans, or cowboys and Westerners.
  • Horror novels have gut-wrenching terror, keeping readers turning the pages.

Other Elements

  • Allusion is a reference to a familiar person, place, or event.
  • Idiom is a cultural expression that cannot be taken literally.
  • Setting is the time and place where a story or poem takes place.
  • Point of View / Narrative Voice is the person narrating a story or poem.
  • Characterization is the development of characters in a story or poem, including their appearance, speech, personality, thoughts, and feelings.

Test your knowledge of key literary elements such as dialog, dialect, conflict, plot, tone, and voice. Explore how characters interact through conversation, the use of regional language styles, conflicts they face, and the overall series of events in a story or poem.

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