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CLEP College Composition

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

2. A negative statement

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

4. Abab bcbc cdcd ee

5. A figure of speech

6. Verb in present tense - 'Bettina plays with children'

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

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

9. Example based on supposition or uncertainty

10. An indirect attack or insinuation

11. Vowel rhyme

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

13. Another way to say the writer used an analogy

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

15. The claim or point that the writer is making

16. A line of iambic hexameter; the final line of a Spenserian stanza is alexandrine

17. An example that is particularly apt for the situation at hand

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

19. Innocence in perception - lack of worldly knowledge

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

21. Opposing point of view

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29. Consists of a single independent clause

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

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

32. To make fun of

33. Open - honest communication

34. 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

35. 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

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

37. Something that is implied

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

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

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

41. Descriptive language to evoke the senses

42. List of details that reinforces a concept

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

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

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

46. The ordinary - everyday speech of a region

47. One of many prepositions

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

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

50. An interpretation of the facts based on available details