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imagery

words of passages in a story that appeals to one or more of the five senses

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irony

a special kind of contrast between appearance and reality

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prose

written or spoken language that is not poetry

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figurative language

the use of words to create vivid pictures and ideas in the mind of the reader

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archetype

characters, situations, and images that are recognizable in many times and cultures

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allusion

a reference to a famous person, place, or event

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dramatic foil

a character that contrasts with another character to help highlight the traits of the character

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pun

the humorous use of a word emphasizing different meanings of the words they sound like

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aside

the short speech delivered to the audience by an actor in the play in which the other characters are not supposed to hear

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epithet

a brief descriptive phrase used to characterize a particular person or thing

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point of view

the perspective from which the story is told

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characterization

the manner in which an author presents a character by using the character's actions, dialogue, description, or how other characters react to that character

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theme

the underlying idea or statement that the author is trying to convey

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sonnet

a poem of 14 iambic pentameter lines

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symbol

something that means more than what it is

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flashback

an interruption in a story in which an earlier event is told

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soliloquy

the long speech expressing the thoughts of a character alone on a stage

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foreshadowing

clues hinting at what will happen later in the story

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tone

the writer's attitude toward his or her audience and the subject

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oxymoron

a contradiction, paradox, or inconsistency

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Because I feel like it

fragment

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Mary Shelly had a sad life, three of her children died early.

run-on

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What a good time we had!

simple

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Mailed the invitations on Monday.

fragment

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We have a test in math tomorrow, on Monday we have an English quiz.

run-on

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While Dad was sleeping, we decorated the house for his birthday party.

(While Dad was sleeping), [we decorated the house for his birthday party].

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Although I tried to run away, my legs seemed made out of jelly, and the monster in my dream devoured me.

(Although I tried to run away), [my legs seemed made out of jelly], and [the monster in my dream devoured me].

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It seemed impossible that he would run away from home, but his parents came to my house late at night looking for him.

[It seemed impossible] (that he would run away from home), but (his parents came to my house late at night looking for him).

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Do you know when the train will arrive?

Do (you know) [when the train will arrive]?

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Do you know what kind of ingredients goes into the food you eat?

Do (you know) [what kind of ingredients goes into the food you eat]?

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My dad and I like burritos, so we're making them for dinner.

(My dad and I like burritos), [so we're making them for dinner].

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Some trees and shrubs live and thrive for thousands of years.

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Mr. Riggs is the substitute today; Ms. Carr is ll.

(Mr. Riggs is the substitute today); (Ms. Carr is ill).

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On Monday, Jane read The Hunger Games and told all her friends about it afterward.

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Despite the rain, we walked in the parade and enjoyed the celebration.

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Before she planted the tomato seeds, Julia checked the nighttime temperatures.

[Before she planted the tomato seeds], (Julia checked the nighttime temperatures).

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Since I read that book, I think about success all the time; it consumes my mind!

[Since I read that book], (I think about success) all the time; (it consumes my mind)!

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Voters could not choose between the two candidates, so neither won.

(Voters could not choose between the two candidates), (so neither won).

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39

When bees collect pollen, they fertilize the plants that they visit and make honey.

[When bees collect pollen], (they fertilize the plants that they visit and make honey).

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It is difficult to use words like ameliorate in a sentence; however, I think that vocabulary can be helpful.

(It is difficult) to use words like ameliorate in a sentence; however, (I think) [that vocabulary can be helpful].

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