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CLEP Analyzing And Interpreting Literature

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1. A short saying with a moral.

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

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

4. The point at which the action of the plot turns in an unexpected direction for the protagonist.

5. The repetition of similar vowel sounds in a sentence or a line of poetry or prose.

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

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

8. A recurring pattern found in a work or works of literature; the pattern is usually representative of something else.

9. 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.

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

11. The main character of a literary work.

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

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

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

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

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

17. The conversation of characters in a literary work.

18. Broken down acts.

19. The idea of a literary work abstracted from its details of language - character - and action - and cast in the form of a generalization.

20. A strong pause within a line.

21. The omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable to preserve the meter of a line of poetry.

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

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

24. A line of poetry or prose in unrhymed iambic pentameter.

25. Smaller units of plays that are broken down.

26. The organizational form of a literary work.

27. The group of readers to whom a piece of literature is directed.

28. Two unaccented syllables followed by an accented syllable.

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

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

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

32. 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.

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

34. The selection of words in a literary work.

35. A symbolic narrative in which the surface details imply a secondary meaning.

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

37. 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.

38. A pair of rhymed lines that may or may not constitute a seperate stanza in a poem.

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

40. A figure of speech involving exaggeration.

41. A figure of speech in which a part of something represents its whole.

42. A three-line stanza.

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

44. The difference between what the character or the reader expects what the character or the reader expects and what actually happens.

45. A technique in which words - phrases - or sounds are repeated for emphasis.

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

47. A concrete representation of a sense impression - a feeling - or an idea.

48. A figure of speech in which an abstract concept or an absent or imaginary person is directly addressed.

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

50. A poem of thirty-nine lines and written in iambic pentameter.