7th grade Literature Final Study Guide

Point of view
the vantage point from which a story is told

Plot
the sequence of events in a story

Personification
giving human qualities to animals or objects

Novel
A fictional story usually between 100 to 500 pages long

Narrative
the telling of a story or an account of an event or series of events

Expository
A piece of writing that explains a process or procedure

Persuasive
A piece of writing that tries to influence another’s beliefs and move someone to action

Autobiography
story of a person’s life written by that person

Biography
story of a person’s life written by another person

Flashback
a scene that interrupts the action of a work to show a previous event

Foreshadowing
the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot

Conflict
the problem in the story

Fiction
a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact

Non fiction
a true story

Stanza
a group of lines in a poem

Tone
The attitude of the author toward the audience and characters (e.g., serious or humorous).

Setting
the time and place of the story

Dialogue
Conversation between two characters

Character
people or animals who take part in the action of a literary work

Onomatopoeia
words that imitate sounds

Metaphor
a figure of speech comparing to unlike things without using like or as

Rhyme
repetition of sounds at the end of words

Simile
comparison using “like” or “as”

Climax
the point of highest interest in a literary work

Fable
A brief story that leads to a moral, often using animals as characters

Myth
a traditional story presenting supernatural characters and episodes that help explain natural events

Main Idea
the most important idea expressed in a piece of writing

Metamorphosis
a transformation

Figure of Speech
a device used to produce figurative language. Many compare dissimilar things.

Connotation
All the meanings, associations, or emotions that a word suggests