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CLEP College Composition

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1. Repetition - at close intervals - of beginning sounds






2. A short quotation or verse that precedes text that sets the tone or provides a setting






3. The claim or point that the writer is making






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






5. Neoclassical principles of drama






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






7. Clever use of language to amuse the reader - but more to make a point






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






9. A statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting






10. A comparison of two unlike things in order to show or more clearly or in a new way






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






12. Essay that presents information in order of occurrence - or sequence of events






13. One of many prepositions






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






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






16. Not taking a position






17. Expressly stated






18. One of many subordinating conjunctions






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






20. A metaphor using 'like' or 'as' in the comparison






21. Vague - not easily defined






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






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






24. The order of words in a sentence - also the types and structures of sentences






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






26. To give human attributes or qualities to something nonliving or nonhuman






27. Acronym for basic elements of nonfictional text - speaker - occasion - audience - purpose - subject - tone






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






29. A figure of speech






30. Third-person narrator tells another's story using third-person pronouns






31. Reasoning by which a general statement is reached on the basis of particular examples






32. Imagined - even while it may possess truthful elements - it cannot be verified






33. Example based on supposition or uncertainty






34. Example - I think that your sweater is lovely






35. An exaggeration or overstatement






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






37. Used to link two independent clauses of parallel connection






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






39. Opposing point of view






40. A group of words acting as a noun - i.e. 'Playing the guitar is extremely difficult'






41. Consists or two or more simple sentences joined by a common and coordinating conjunction - or by a semicolon






42. An indirect attack or insinuation






43. Main idea of an essay - what the writer hope to prove is true






44. Refers to the way the writer lets readers know what will be discussed - a framing statement gives the reader some sense of what to expect






45. Consists of a single independent clause






46. A verb used for issuing commands - 'Do it now!'






47. Ideas or things that can mean many things to many people - such as peace - honor






48. Refers to ascribing emotion and agency to inanimate objects






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






50. To make fun of