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CLEP Analyzing And Interpreting Literature

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

2. A struggle or clash between opposing characters - forces - or emotions.

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

4. A metrical foot with two unstressed syllables.

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

6. The person who 'tells' the story.

7. The recurrence of accent or stress in lines of verse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. The organizational form of a literary work.

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

16. 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.

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

18. The measured pattern of rhyhtmic accents in poems.

19. The main character of a literary work.

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

21. The grammatical order of words in a sentence or line of verse or dialogue.

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

23. Two unaccented syllables followed by an accented syllable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31. 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.

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

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

34. An accented syllable followed by an unaccented one.

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

36. An imaginary person that inhabits a literary work.

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. The first stage of a functional or dramatic plot - in which necessary background information is provided.

39. The resolution of the plot of a literarture work.

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

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

42. A brief witty poem - often satirical.

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

44. Smaller units of plays that are broken down.

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

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

47. A word that closely resembles the sound that the word is supposed to make.

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

49. The emotion or feeling a word creates.

50. 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.