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CLEP College Composition

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1. 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'

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

3. Neoclassical principles of drama

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

5. To write around a subject - evasively - say nothing

6. The speaker - author - or narrator's attitude toward a person - place - idea - or thing

7. Vague - not easily defined

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

9. Used to link two independent clauses of parallel connection

10. Humorous or ironic statement not meant to be taken literally

11. Language chosen by the writer

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

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

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

15. The commentator does not mean what she writes

16. Abab bcbc cdcd ee

17. A saying or expression that proposes to tell the truth

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

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

20. 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

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

22. Innocence in perception - lack of worldly knowledge

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

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

25. An interpretation of the facts based on available details

26. Can be verified

27. List of details that reinforces a concept

28. The verb and its object and modifiers

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

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

31. That which comes before; the antecedent of a pronoun is the noun to which the pronoun refers

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

33. To place side by side in order to show similarities or differences

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

35. To make fun of

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

37. Consists of a single independent clause

38. Observable - measurable - easily perceived

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

40. Example based on supposition or uncertainty

41. Third person narrator sees and knows all without constraints of time - space. Can digress into contemplative or philosophical forays - often voicing the viewpoint of the author (mostly found in fiction)

42. Descriptive language to evoke the senses

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

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

45. One of many conjunctive adverbs

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

47. A comic tool of satire - ridiculous exaggeration or distortion

48. A rhyme ending on the final stressed syllable - i.e. know and snow

49. Unconjugated verb with 'to' in front of it

50. The rhythm of phrases or sentences created through repetitive elements