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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