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CLEP College Composition

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1. The perspective from which a story is written






2. A figure of speech in the form of a question posed for persuasive effect without the expectation of a reply






3. A figure of speech in which two contradictory elements are combined for effect - i.e. 'random order'






4. A preference or inclination - especially one that inhibits impartial judgment






5. A verb acting as a noun - usually 'ing' form of the verb






6. Type of faulty reasoning in which the writer attempts to support a statement by repeating the statement in different or stronger language






7. An event or experience that causes disappointment because it is less exciting than what was expected






8. A concept or idea without a specific example; idealized generalizations






9. Essay that presents information about the causes of some known or likely outcome - how different causes contribute to the outcome






10. The work is narrated using a name or third person pronoun ie - he - she - etc.






11. Descriptive language to evoke the senses






12. Example - I think that your sweater is lovely






13. The speaker or writer's credibility - honesty






14. To illustrate how a claim can be true in some ways and false in others






15. An exaggeration or overstatement






16. Expressed of direct address - i.e. 'Sit - Bettina - sit!'






17. A variety of literary devices i.e. - anaphora - repeating






18. One of many subordinating conjunctions






19. A figure of speech






20. A humorous imitation of an original text meant to ridicule - often used in satire






21. Short narrative of an amusing - unusual - revealing or interesting event






22. Example - this white wine goes well with this fish






23. An indirect attack or insinuation






24. The work is narrated by the person 'I' - who can also be the protagonist - omniscient speaker. There can be multiple narrators of the same work






25. The act or practice of envisioning things in an ideal form; seeing things as they could be






26. Neoclassical principles of drama






27. The commentator does not mean what she writes






28. Knowledge based on experience or observation - the view that experience - especially of the senses - is the only source of knowledge






29. A narrative or description with a secondary or symbolic meaning underlying the literal meaning






30. Lines rhymed by their final two syllables - i.e. running and gunning






31. A phrase that refers to a person or object by single important feature of that person or object






32. Essay pattern in which the writer shows the immediate and underlying causes that led to an event or situation






33. The pause that breaks a line of Old English verse






34. Essay that presents information in order of specificity - beginning with a general theme and focuses on a specific topic of interest - often the 5 paragraph essay






35. 'ed' form of a verb - 'Bettina played with the children'






36. Abab cdcd efef gg






37. Appearing in episodes - a long string of short individual scenes






38. Refers to ascribing emotion and agency to inanimate objects






39. Words whose sounds mimic their meaning - buzz - woof






40. Example based on supposition or uncertainty






41. A derogatory term used to described poorly written poetry of little or no literary value






42. A thing - idea - or person that stands for something else






43. Information distributed to promote a specific cause usually of a biased or misleading nature






44. Language chosen by the writer






45. A formula of deductive argument that consists of 3 propositions - the major premise - minor premise - and conclusion






46. A phrase or saying that has two meanings - one being sexual or provocative in nature






47. Expressly stated






48. The opposite of an idea used to emphasize a point






49. Abab bcbc cdcd ee






50. Drawing conclusions from insufficient evidence