AP Lit Quarter 1 Vocab

  1. Active verbs (How do active verbs enhance your writing?)
  2. Allegory
    a symbolic narrative in which the surface details imply a secondary meaning
  3. Allusion
  4. Anagnorisis
  5. Analogy
    a comparison between two similar things
  6. Antagonist
    a character or force against which another character struggles
  7. Archetype
    a plot which repeats basic historical or primitive life patterns
  8. Characterization (handout + p.61 esp.)
    the means by which writers present and reveal character
  9. Classification
  10. Climax
    the turining point of the action in the plot of a play or story
  11. Complications
    an intensification of the conflict in a story or play
  12. Conflict
    a struggle between opposing forces in a story or play
  13. Connotation
    the associations called up by a word that goes beyond its dictionary meaning
  14. Crisis
  15. Culture (Why do we avoid this word when used alone?)
  16. Denotation
    the dictionary meaning of a word
  17. Denouement
    the resolution of the plot of a literary work
  18. Diction
    the selection of words in a literary work
  19. Epiphany
  20. Experience
  21. Exposition
    • the first stage of a fictional or dramatic plot
    • necessary background information is provided here
  22. Fiction
    • an imagined story, whether in prose, poetry, or drama
    • or an imagined character
  23. Figurative language (effect + for what purpose)
    a form of language use in which writers and speakers convey something other than the literal meaning of their words
  24. The human condition
  25. Illusion
  26. Initiation
  27. Innocence
  28. Irony (3 types + purpose)
    • verbal irony: characters say the opposite of what they mean
    • dramatic irony: a character speaks in ignorance of a situation or an event known to the audience or other characters
    • irony of circumstance/situation: the opposite of what is expected occurs
  29. Journey
  30. Light
  31. Literal meaning (effect + for what purpose)
  32. Metaphor
    a comparison between two essentially unlike things without an explicitly compartive word such as like or as
  33. Modifiers (Why are modifiers important?)
  34. Mood
  35. Motif
    a device which serves as a unifying agent in conveying a theme
  36. Naivety
  37. Narrator (handout)
  38. P.O.V.
    • the angle of vision from which a story is narrated
    • first person: the narrator is a character or an observer
    • objective: the narrator knows or appears to know no more than the reader
    • omniscient: the narrator knows everything about the characters
    • limited omniscient: the narrator knows some things about the characters but not everything
  39. Plot
    the unified structure of incidents in a literary work
  40. Point
  41. Protagonist
    the main character of a literary work
  42. Satire
    a literary work that criticizes human misconduct and ridicules vices, stupidities, and follies
  43. Sarcasm
    a sharp, caustic expression or remark; a bitter gibe or taunt
  44. Setting (3 critical elements—which one is most important? Why?)
  45. Shadow
  46. Simile
    a figure of speech involving a comparison between unlike things using like, as, or as though
  47. Society (Why do we avoid this word when used alone?)
  48. Structure
  49. Style
    the way an author chooses words, and arranges them in sentences or in lines of dialogue or verse, and develops ideas and actions with literary techniques
  50. Subject
    what a story or play is about
  51. Symbol
    an object or action in a literary work that stands for something beyond itself/means more than itself
  52. Syntaxt
    the grammatical order of words in a sentence or line of verse or dialouge
  53. Theme
    • the idea of a literary work abstracted from its details of language, character, and action
    • cast in the form of a generalization
  54. Tone
    the implied attitude of a writer toward the subject and characters of a work
  55. Voice
Card Set
AP Lit Quarter 1 Vocab
Quarter 1 Basic Vocabulary