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Literary Terms Test

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  1. The atmosphere or feeling in a literary work is called the:

    1. conflict

    2. protagonist

    3. mood

    4. text features

  2. Pictures, side bars, bold print, graphs, charts, and captions are examples of:

    1. foreshadowing

    2. text features

    3. personification

    4. alliteration

  3. A struggle or problem in the story for the main character is the:

    1. protagonist

    2. metaphor

    3. flashback

    4. conflict

  4. A piece of writing that can be found in newspapers and magazines and its purpose is to persuade is:

    1. editorial

    2. feature article

    3. myth

    4. short story

  5. A piece of writing that can be found in newspapers and magazines and its purpose is strictly to inform is:

    1. editorial

    2. feature article

    3. myth

    4. short story

  6. An ancient Greek story that explains natural occurrences/happenings in the world is:

    1. editorial

    2. feature article

    3. myth

    4. short story

  7. The main character is the:

    1. dialect

    2. meter

    3. plot

    4. protagonist

  8. A prediction or hints of what will happen is called:

    1. foreshadowing

    2. personification

    3. alliteration

    4. genre
  9. “Life is like a box of chocolates” is an example of:


    1. metaphor

    2. simile

    3. meter

    4. onomatopoeia

  10. “My cat is a log” is an example of:

    1. metaphor

    2. simile

    3. meter

    4. onomatopoeia

  11. Giving non-human objects human characteristics is called:

    1. foreshadowing

    2. personification

    3. dialect

    4. alliteration

  12. When the author takes the reader back in time to a memory, he/she is using the technique called:

    1. foreshadowing

    2. alliteration

    3. flashback

    4. figurative language

  13. “Bob built a brilliant boat” is an example of:

    1. foreshadowing

    2. simile

    3. metaphor

    4. alliteration

  14. A form of language spoken by people in a particular region is called:

    1. dialect

    2. dialogue

    3. fable

    4. meter

  15. A brief story/poem, usually with animal characters, that teaches a lesson/moral is called:

    1. folk tale

    2. fable

    3. haiku

    4. resolution

  16. A story composed orally and passed down by word of mouth is called a(n):

    1. folk tale

    2. fable

    3. haiku

    4. resolution

  17. A type of literature is called:

    1. meter

    2. setting

    3. genre

    4. plot

  18. The rhythmical pattern of a poem is called:

    1. figurative language

    2. dialogue

    3. meter

    4. onomatopoeia
  19. A 3-line Japanese poem with 17 syllables is called:


    1. folk tale

    2. fable

    3. haiku

    4. myth

  20. BAM is an example of:

    1. onomatopoeia

    2. figurative language

    3. genre

    4. plot

  21. When characters speak, it is called:

    1. figurative language

    2. dialogue

    3. dialect

    4. mood

  22. “That was so good, I could smack my Mammie!” is an example of:

    1. personification

    2. alliteration

    3. figurative language

    4. simile

  23. When, where, and the time a story takes place is called the:

    1. plot

    2. setting

    3. resolution

    4. conflict

  24. When the climax or conflict is solved it is called the:

    1. plot

    2. setting

    3. resolution

    4. conflict

  25. The sequence of events in a story is the:

    1. setting

    2. conflict

    3. resolution

    4. plot

I hope you studied and made a great grade! Remember, that to succeed at anything in life, you must be willing to work hard!


Mrs. Kelli Wilson
Open Response
You have been invited to speak to a third grade class about the elements of short stories.


  1. Choose three literary/short story terms and explain what each term means.

  2. Discuss an example of each of the terms chosen.

  3. Explain to the third graders why understanding these literary/short story terms are important in the seventh grade.

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