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CLEP Analyzing And Interpreting Literature

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1. 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.

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

3. The organizational form of a literary work.

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

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

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

7. The use of similar structure to express similar or related ideas - words - phrases - sentences - or paragraphs may be organized in a parallel structure.

8. The difference between what a character expects and what the reader knows will happen.

9. An unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one.

10. 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.

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

12. A metrical foot represented by two stressed syllables.

13. The matching of final vowel or consonant sounds in two or more words.

14. The conversation of characters in a literary work.

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

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

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

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

19. A figure of speech involving exaggeration.

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

21. As the conflict(s) develop and the characters attempt to revolve those conflicts - suspense builds.

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

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

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

25. 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.

26. The vantage point from which the writer tells the story.

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

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

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

30. The point at which a character understands his/her situation as it really is.

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

32. Smaller units of plays that are broken down.

33. Poetry without a regular pattern of meter or rhyme.

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

35. The implied attitude of a writer toward the subject and acharacters of a work.

36. A technique designed to enact social change by using wit to rificule ideas - customs or institutions.

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

38. An imaginary person that inhabits a literary work.

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

40. 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.

41. A long - statle poem in stanzas of varied length - meter - and form.

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

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

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

45. Two unaccented syllables followed by an accented syllable.

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

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

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

49. The person who 'tells' the story.

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