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CLEP Analyzing And Interpreting Literature

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1. A figure of speech in which two opposing ideas are combined.

2. A metrical unit composed of stressed an unstressed syllables.

3. A comparison between two things that share certain similarities.

4. A comparison between essentially unlike things without an explicitly comparative word such as 'like' or 'as'.

5. A form of language use in which writers and speakers convey something other than the literal meaning of their words.

6. The measured pattern of rhyhtmic accents in poems.

7. The conversation of characters in a literary work.

8. An eight-line unit - which may constitue a stanza; or a section of a poem - as in the octave of a sonnet.

9. A figure of speech in which two things are compared using 'like' or 'as'.

10. A story passed down over the generations that was once believed to be true.

11. A humorous moment in a serious drama that temporarily relieves the mounting tension.

12. A moment of insightfulness when a character realizes some truth.

13. Broken down acts.

14. The time and place of a story or play.

15. Poetic meters such as trochaic and oactylic that move or fall from a stressed to an unstressed syllable.

16. An interruption of a work's chronology to describe or present an incident that occurred prior to the main time frame of a work's action.

17. Words and phrases that vividly recreate a sound - sight - smell - touch - or taste for the reader by appealing to the senses.

18. A narrative poem written in four-line stanzas - characterized by swift action and narrated in a direct style.

19. Then narrator is a character in the story and tells the reader his/her story using the pronoun 'I'.

20. A short saying with a moral.

21. The selection of words in a literary work.

22. Refers to a writers use of language - including the use of literary techniques - word choice - and sentence structure - that sets one writer apart from another.

23. A six-line unit of verse constituting a stanza or section of a poem.

24. Words spoken by one character in a play - either directly to the audience or to another character - that the other characters supposedly do not hear.

25. The narrator is outside of the story and tells the story from the perspective of only one character.

26. A poem that tells a story.

27. A love lyric in which the speaker complains about the arrival of the dawn - when he must part from his lover.

28. A figure of speech in which a closely related term is substituted for an object or idea.

29. A figure of speech in which a writer or speaker says less than what he or she means.

30. The process by which the writer presents and reveals a character.

31. A phrase or expression that has been repeated so often it has lost its significance.

32. The series of events that make up a story or drama.

33. A nineteen-line lyric poem that relies heavily on repetition.

34. Prose writing about real people - places - and events.

35. The reason the author has written a piece of literature.

36. A four line stanza in a poem.

37. The point after the climax where the action begins to drop off and the events of the plot become clear or are explained in some way.

38. A run-on line of poetry in which logical and grammatical sense carries over from one line into the next.

39. An intensification of the conflict in a story or play.

40. A subsidiary or subordinate or parallel plot in a play or story that coexists with the main plot.

41. The character or force with which the protagonist conflicts.

42. A type of poem characterized by brevity - compression - and the expression of feeling.

43. The difference between what a chracter says and what he/she means.

44. A customary feature of a literary work - such as the use of a chorus in Greek tragedy - the inclusion of an explicit moral in a fable - or the use of a particular rhyme scheme in a villanelle.

45. A stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones.

46. A short story that teaches a moral or a religious lesson.

47. The way people speak in various parts of the country or around the world.

48. Hints of what is to come in the action of a play or story.

49. A character struggles with himself/herself and his/her opposing needs.

50. Refers to how a piece of literature is written rather than to what is actually said.