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AP English Language And Composition Basics

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

2. The dictionary definition of a word.

3. The grammatical arrangement of words in sentences

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

5. (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.

6. A mode of discourse in which two or more things are compared and contrasted. Comparison often refers to similarities - contrast to differences.

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

8. A locution that addresses a person or personified thing not present.

9. 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.

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

11. Speaking in circles; roundabout speech

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

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

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

15. A work of literature meant to ridicule a subject; a grotesque imitation.

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

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

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

19. A brief explanation - summary - or evaluation of a text or work of literature.

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

21. The unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar

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

23. An essay that tries to prove a point by supporting it with evidence

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

25. In contrast to Bionysian - it refers to the most noble - godlike qualities of human nature and behavior.

26. Grating - inharmonious sounds.

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

28. The interpretation or analysis of a text.

29. A question asked for an effect - not actually requiring an answer

30. An observer uses this

31. A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.

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

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

34. A story containing unreal - imaginary features.

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

36. Harsh - cutting language or tone intended to ridicule

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

38. (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.

39. A saying or proverb containing a truth based on experience and often couched in metaphorical language.

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

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

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

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

44. A word to which a pronoun refers.

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

46. A poem or prose selection that laments or meditates on the passing or death of someone or something of value.

47. Insincere or overdone sentimentality.

48. Prove to be false or incorrect

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

50. An idea that is implied or suggested