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CLEP Analyzing And Interpreting Literature

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

2. A brief witty poem - often satirical.

3. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. A strong pause within a line.

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

12. A story passed down over generations that is believed to be based on real events and real people.

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

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

15. What a story or play is about.

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

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

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

19. An accented syllable followed by an unaccented one.

20. A metrical foot represented by two stressed syllables.

21. The use of symbols in literature to convey meaning.

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

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

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

25. A lyrical poem that laments the dead.

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

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

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

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

30. A short saying with a moral.

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

32. The difference between what is expected and what actually happens.

33. The conversation of characters in a literary work.

34. The selection of words in a literary work.

35. The organizational form of a literary work.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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