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AP English Language And Composition Basics

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1. A comedy that contains an extravagant and nonsensical disregard of seriousness - although it may have a serious - scornful purpose.

2. The ability to form mental images of things or events

3. Insincere or overdone sentimentality.

4. A brief - cleverly worded statement that makes a wise observation about life.

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

6. A list of works cited or otherwise relevant to a particular subject.

7. Speaking in circles; roundabout speech

8. The perspective from which a story is told

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

10. A concise but ingenious - witty - and thoughtful statement.

11. A sentence containing a deliberate omission of words.

12. A short tale - often with nonhuman characters - from which a useful lesson or moral may be drawn.

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

14. Literally - 'talking around' a subject; i.e. - discourse that avoids direct reference to a subject.

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

16. A detailed analysis or interpretation of a work of prose or poetry.

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

18. Form of literature in which irony - sarcasm - and ridicule are employed to attack human vice and folly

19. A grotesque or exaggerated likeness of striking qualities in persons and things.

20. A humorous play on words

21. Inflated - pretentious language.

22. Graphic - exact - and accurate presentation of the characteristics of a person - place - or thing.

23. Qescribe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of

24. Short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)

25. The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning

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

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

28. To recreate or present with details

29. A narrative poem that tells of the adventures and exploits of a hero.

30. Pompous or pretentious talk or writing

31. Prove to be false or incorrect

32. A term for the title character of a work of literature.

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

34. A structure that provides a premise or setting for a narrative or other discourse.

35. The dictionary definition of a word.

36. A conclusion or proposition arrived at by considering facts - observations - or some other specific data.

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

38. A figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion - make a point - or evoke humor

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

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

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

42. The manner in which something is expressed in words

43. Directed to or appealing to feelings or prejudices instead of to intellect or reason.

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

45. The quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author

46. Literally - 'seize the day'; 'enjoy life while you can -' a common theme in life and literature.

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

48. Having an instructive purpose; intending to convey information or teach a lesson - usually in a dry - pompous manner.

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

50. A term used to describe literary forms - such as novel - play - and essay.