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Literature Reading Techniques

Subject : soft-skills
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1. 'Milton! Thou shoulds't be living at this hour.'

2. 'y'all' - 'ayah' - 'sho - there's ticks a-plenty' - 'thou hast'

3. 'sweet sorrow' 'cold fire'

4. Words spoken aloud by a character to himself - the audience - or another character.

5. The final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work

6. 'house' verse 'home' --one has a more positive value than the other

7. 'The shot heard 'round the world'

8. Saying one thing and meaning another. When an outcome is unexpected by either a character or the audience.

9. Teaching students in today's face-paced world is difficult.

10. 'What is one supposed to do?'

11. The way one acts - speaks - thinkgs - are dressed - etc.

12. The doctor wrote me a subscription for some medication.

13. The horse and buggy trotted along the dusty - dirt road.

14. Interrupted action of a work with the action of previous events.

15. The voice of the poem or literary piece (not necessarily the author)

16. Author takes on an identity other than his own.

17. 'That's nice.' 'Smart as a whip.' 'Smelling like a rose.'

18. I love to sing - in the spring.

19. Things left completely unsaid; unknowns.

20. Simple - complex - inverted order - etc. (arrangement of words in grammatical elements)

21. 'He loved swimming - hiking - and fishing all summer long.'

22. Tells the story. May be main or minor character - reliable or unreliable.

23. 'As I fell down the stairs headfirst - I heard her say - 'Look at that coordination!''

24. A subordinate plot in a play - novel - or similar work.

25. 'Life is perfect - and all things are wonderful.'

26. A work that reveals a critical attitude toward some element of human behavior by portraying it in an extreme way. It doesn't simply abuse (as in invective) or get personal (as in sarcasm). It targets groups or large concepts rather than individuals

27. I could smell the newly mowed lawn - hear the birds chirping - and see the budding leaves. Spring is here!

28. The tortoise and the hare

29. 'Bells - bells - bells...'

30. 'Much madness is divinest sense.'

31. Iambic pentameter is used in sonnets - dactyl - trochee - etc.

32. American Flag - hearts - wedding rings - etc.

33. A narrative technique that records a character's internal flow of thoughts - memories - and ideas

34. 'She is a rock'

35. Romance - historical - bildungsroman - etc.

36. Hints or clues given along the way as to how the plot will end.

37. Hamlet - Othello - Macbeth - Willie Loman - Ethan Frome - etc.

38. 'I get it! You really do have to study!'

39. A story that occurs within another story.

40. 'He met his Waterloo.'

41. 'You should know what these terms mean - but more importantly - you should be able to recognize them in use within a given text.'

42. The clouds danced in the sky.

43. While the student was inside the school learning - his mother was inside the home cleaning.

44. Interrupted action of a work with the action of future events.

45. A literary technique that presents the thoughts and feelings of a character as they occur.

46. 'Sink or swim'

47. Chetah is to fast - as is turtle is to slow

48. Scary Movie and Weird Al's songs.

49. I pity those people who lost his or her job during the recession.

50. 'Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.'