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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