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AP English Language And Composition Basics

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1. A sentence that states the topic of its paragraph

2. In literature - the use of an artificial device or gimmick to solve a problem.

3. A vagueness of meaning; a conscious lack of clarity meant to evoke multiple meanings or interpretations.

4. An adjective or phrase that expresses a striking quality of a person or thing; Can also be used to apply to vulgar or profane exclamations.

5. Writing or speech that is used to create vivid impressions by setting up comparisons between dissimilar things - [examples are metaphor - simile - and personification.

6. Different methods of writing which you can incorporate into your writing to make it more effective

7. A metaphor developed at great length - occurring frequently in or throughout a work.

8. As distinguished from Apollonian - the word refers to sensual - pleasure-seeking - impulses.

9. Study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)

10. The background and events that lead to the presentation of the main idea or purpose of an essay or other work; setting forth the meaning or purpose of a piece of writing or discourse.

11. The high point - or turning point - of a story or play.

12. The resolution that occurs at the end of a narrative or drama - real or imagined.

13. An abstract or ideal conception of a type; a perfectly typical example; an original model or form.

14. Occurs when the outcome of a work is unexpected - or events turn out to be the opposite from what one had expected

15. Insincere or overdone sentimentality.

16. A method of reasoning in which a number of specific facts or examples are used to make a generalization.

17. A matter discussed in the first person has this

18. The interpretation or analysis of a text.

19. Explanatory; serving to explain; N. exposition: explaining; exhibition

20. I - me - my - mine

21. A structural element of a sentence - consisting of a grammatical subject and a predicate.

22. A figure of speech comparing to unlike things without using like or as

23. Conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence')

24. A humorous play on words

25. A sentence containing a deliberate omission of words.

26. A rhetorical opposition or contrast of ideas by means of a grammatical arrangement of words - clauses - or sentences.

27. A circumstance in which the audience or reader knows more about a situation than a character.

28. Deriving from the orderly qualities of ancient Greek and Roman culture; implies formality - objectivity - simplicity - and restraint.

29. Speaking in circles; roundabout speech

30. The suggested or implied meaning of a word or phrase.

31. Three periods (...)indicating the omission of words in a thought or quotation.

32. A statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said

33. The most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression

34. The main idea of the story

35. The repetition of two or more consonant sounds in a group of words or a unit of speech or writing.

36. (n.) An abbreviated synopsis of a longer work of scholarship or research. (adj.) Dealing with or tending to deal with a subject apart from a particular or specific instance.

37. A mild - indirect - or vague term substituting for a harsh - blunt - or offensive term

38. A feeling of association or identification with an object or person.

39. Grating - inharmonious sounds.

40. An appeal based on logic or reason

41. A leture or sermon on a religious or moral theme meant to guide human behavior.

42. A method of reasoning by which specific definitions - conclusions - and theorems are drawn from general principles.

43. A short - pithy statement of a generally accepted truth or sentiment.

44. An independent clause plus one or more dependent clauses

45. Pleasing - harmonious sounds.

46. A factual piece of writing that reveals weaknesses - faults - frailties - or other shortcomings.

47. A mild or less negative usage for a harsh or blunt term.

48. A person - scene - event or other element that fails to correspond with the appropriate time or era.

49. A poet; in olden times - a performer who told heroic stories to musical accompaniment.

50. A highly regarded work of literature or other art form that has withstood the test of time.