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CLEP Analyzing And Interpreting Literature

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1. A poem that tells a story.

2. An unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one.

3. A figure of speech in which two completely unlike things are compared.

4. A person - place - thing or event that has meaning in itself and also stands for something more than itself.

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

6. A stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones.

7. Spectific characteristics are applied to an entire group of people and are used to 'classify' those people as part of a 'group'.

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

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

10. A lyrical poem that laments the dead.

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

12. The main character of a literary work.

13. 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.

14. A figure of speech involving exaggeration.

15. A historical or literary reference to a person - place - thing - or event that the reader is expected to recognize.

16. A strong pause within a line.

17. An imaginary person that inhabits a literary work.

18. A four line stanza in a poem.

19. A long narrative poem that records the adventures of a hero.

20. 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.

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

22. A brief witty poem - often satirical.

23. An imagined story - whether in prose - poetry - or drama.

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

25. 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.

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

27. The traditional beliefs and customsof a group of people that have been passed down orally.

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

29. The voice an actor takes on to tell the story in a particular work.

30. The narrator is outside of the story and is all-knowing or 'God-like' because he/she knows everything that occurs and everything that each character thinks and feels.

31. A speech delivered while only one character is on stage; it reveals a character's innermost thoughts and feelings.

32. A division or unit of a poem that is repeated in the same form - - either with similar or identical patterns or rhyme and meter - or with variations from one stanza to another.

33. Imitates another literary work using humor usually to make the author and/or the work appear ridiculous.

34. The turning point of the action in the plot of a play or story. It represents the point of greatest tension in the work.

35. A Greek term first used by Aristotle to describe the emotional cleansing or purification that results after watching a tragedy performed on stage.

36. A character who contrsts and parallels the main character in a play or story.

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

38. The measured pattern of rhyhtmic accents in poems.

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

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

41. A form of language in which writers and speakers mean exactly what their words denote.

42. Smaller units of plays that are broken down.

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

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

45. A figure of speech in which an inanimate object animal - or idea is given human qualities or characteristics.

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

47. Broken down acts.

48. The emotion or feeling a word creates.

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

50. The repetition of consonant sounds - especially at the beginning of words.