AP English Vocab

  1. alliteration
    recurrence of initial constant sound for poetic effect in a sentence or line of poetry
  2. consonance
    when the same consonant sound occurs within words in a sentence or line or poetry
  3. assonance
    deliberate repetition of vowel sounds for poetic effect in a sentence or line of poetry
  4. 1st person
    using personal experience to tell as story
  5. 2nd person
    addressing a group as a whole, and when giving commands or directions
  6. 3rd person limited
    the telling of a text from one perspective that is inclusive to that entity's personal feeling, only, unless others' emotions are personally experienced by this narrator
  7. 3rd person omniscent
    can read all minds and travel to any moment or place in the plot
  8. protagonist
    character who mainly deals with the conflict
  9. antagonist
    force causing the conflict
  10. irony
    unexpected events
  11. situational irony
    when the end of a text differs from what is expected
  12. dramatic irony
    when the audience knows secrets other characters do not
  13. verbal irony
    when what is said is the opposite of what is meant
  14. socratic irony
    acting stupid on purpose to draw out information
  15. conflict
    the force other characters contend with
  16. external conflict
    outside force that acts upon characters
  17. internal conflict
    emotional struggle within a character
  18. conflict types
    • person vs. person
    • person vs. self
    • person vs. society
    • person vs. nature
    • person vs. technology
    • person vs. machine
  19. imagery
    sensory language
  20. metaphor
    a direct comparsion not using "like" or "as"
  21. personification
    giving non-human things human characteristics
  22. characterization
    techniques to make characters come alive
  23. setting
    time and place
  24. audience
    intended recipients
  25. speaker
    voice of the poem
  26. meter
    the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables
  27. tone
    the way the author feels about the topic and the audience
  28. flashback
    a break in the plot to go back in time to teach about important information
  29. syntax
    structure of a sentence, also regarding figurative language, style and formal or informal language
  30. structure
    the way information is organized in a text
  31. form
    the way the text is displayed on the page
  32. theme
    the lesson about life and human nature that the author wants the reader to learn
  33. mood
    the way the words make the readers feel
  34. diction
    word choice regarding the formality of language, figurative language and audience
  35. foreshadow
    a hint to future events
  36. exposition
    point or a text when the characters, setting, and conflict is introduced
  37. rising action
    when conflict intensifies
  38. climax
    when the conflict is confirned
  39. falling action
    fixing the effects of the climaxing conflict
  40. resolution
    how the text ends
  41. symbolism
    when an object represents more than its dictionary definition
  42. dialogue
    conversation between characters
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