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Literature Reading Techniques

Subject : soft-skills
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1. As a fish takes to water - you will take to literary analysis.

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

3. 'Much madness is divinest sense.'

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

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

6. Perspective from which the story is told.

7. 'Milton! Thou shoulds't be living at this hour.'

8. 'The shot heard 'round the world'

9. A story that occurs within another story.

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

11. Romance - historical - bildungsroman - etc.

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

13. The clouds danced in the sky.

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

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

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

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

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

19. Scary Movie and Weird Al's songs.

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

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

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

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

24. 'I could probably manage to survive on a salary of two million dollars per year.'

25. 'He met his Waterloo.'

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

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

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

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

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

31. 'What is one supposed to do?'

32. 'I understand that not everyone likes summer assignments - since I have summer work to do too.'

33. 'Bells - bells - bells...'

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

35. 'She is a rock'

36. Kevin and Max in Freak the Mighty. One is the brain - the other is the braun.

37. Things left completely unsaid; unknowns.

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

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

40. 'Sink or swim'

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

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

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

44. I love to sing - in the spring.

45. The tortoise and the hare

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

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

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

49. 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

50. 'sweet sorrow' 'cold fire'