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CLEP College Composition

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






2. Repetition of the same consonant two or more times in short succession






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






4. A phrase that refers to a person or object by a single important feature - ie 'the pen is mightier than the sword'






5. Combines a compound sentence with a complex sentence






6. Further information about the subject (predicate must contain the verb)






7. Vowel rhyme






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






9. Consists of a single independent clause






10. The juxtaposition of incongruous or conflicting ideas that reveals a truth or insight






11. Repetition - at close intervals - of beginning sounds






12. Abab cdcd efef gg






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






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






15. Innocence in perception - lack of worldly knowledge






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






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






18. Neoclassical principles of drama






19. The assigning of human attributes - such as emotions or physical characteristics - to nonhumans - usually plants or animals. Differs from personification in that it is a pattern applied to a nonhuman character throughout the entire literary work






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






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






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






23. Essay that presents information in order of importance - either most important to least important or vice versa






24. Abbaabba cdecde or abbaabba cdcdcd






25. Refined taste - tact - the ability to avoid distress or embarrassment






26. Words that mean the opposite of their literal meaning - i.e. 'how wonderful that you wrecked your car!'






27. ... - used to indicate omission of words or letters






28. Condemn by seeming to offer praise - ie 'well - I could not have done better myself'






29. An explanatory reference at the bottom of a page of text






30. A type of poem that takes the form of a lament for the dead sung by a shepherd






31. A figure of speech in which sharply contrasting ideas are juxtaposed in a balanced or parallel phrase or grammatical structure - i.e. 'to err is human; to forgive - divine'






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






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






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






35. An exception to a proposed general rule






36. Basically an 'either or' situation - typically a moral decision






37. Quiet reflection upon a topic






38. The building housing lawmakers of a state or nation






39. Essay that presents information about two or more things - events - or ideas in order to compare them






40. Can be verified






41. One of many subordinating conjunctions






42. Opposing point of view






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






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






45. Abab bcbc cdcd ee






46. Essay that presents information about a problem followed by a description of one or more solutions






47. The claim or point that the writer is making






48. An explosion of harsh language that usually vilifies or condemns an idea






49. Descriptive language to evoke the senses






50. Referring to phrases that suggest an interplay of the senses - ie 'hot pink' or 'golden voice'