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AP English Language And Composition Basics

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1. 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.

2. Characterized by clever or sly humor - often saucy - playful - and somewhat irreverent.

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

4. A comparison that points out similarities between two dissimilar things; a passage that points out several similarities between two unlike things is called an extended analogy.

5. An independent clause plus one or more dependent clauses

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

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

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

9. An excessively favorable opinion of one's own ability - importance - wit - etc.

10. One who expects and observes nothing but the worst of human conduct.

11. The main idea of the story

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

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

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

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

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

17. An appeal based on the character/reputation/ credibility of the speaker.

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

19. A forceful sermon - lecture - or tirade.

20. A comparison using like or as

21. The interpretation or analysis of a text.

22. An analysis or assessment of a thing or situation for the purpose of determining its nature - limitations - and conformity to a set of standards.

23. I - me - my - mine

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

25. (refers to the use of verbs) A verb is in this when it expresses an action performed by its subject. Stylistically - this leads to more economical and vigorous writing.

26. A French term for the world of books - criticism - and literature in general.

27. A style that has the power to evoke feelings

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

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

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

31. Speaking in circles; roundabout speech

32. A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part

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

34. Something - generally a clue - intended to distract or mislead from the original issue/question.

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

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

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

38. A word to which a pronoun refers.

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

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

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

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

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

44. The purpose of thisessay is to demonstrate how the writer can develop a position/idea and support it with interwoven sources. The writer is expected to write in an academic and mature style.

45. Are used as nouns or modifiers - are incomplete sentences and cannot stand alone grammatically; they are sometimes called subordinate clauses; those that function as adjectives - nouns - or adverbs are known - respectively - as adjective - noun - and

46. The choice of words in oral and written discourse.

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

48. Prove to be false or incorrect

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

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