English 9 Study Guide for Second Semester Exam
Things to know:
  • Ø Literary Terms --- Handbook of Literary Terms in Textbook p. 866
  • ØFigures of speech: similes, metaphors, and personification pp.706-707
    • oDefinitions
      • § Some matching, fill in the blank

  • oHow they work
    • § For some, I’ll give you examples, you identify terms
    • Ø Genres:


Genres Titles studied Authors
  • fiction
    • short story various – Put titles in quotation marks.
    • novel Animal Farm George Orwell

  • epic poem The Odyssey Homer
  • poetry various – Put titles in quotation marks.
  • drama
    • tragedy Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare
    • comedy


  • Ø Romeo and Juliet
    • o Story line
    • o Order of events
    • o Plot structure – plot map
    • o Character motivations
    • o Elements of a tragic hero
    • o Romeo and Juliet at tragic heroes


  • Ø Identify the iambic pentameter from the prologue – write in the markings:

Two households, both alike in dignity

(In fair Verona, where we lay our scene),

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life,

Whose misadventured piteous overthrows

Doth with their death bury their parents' strife.