Test your basic knowledge |

CLEP College Composition

  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
  • If you are not ready to take this test, you can study here.
  • Match each statement with the correct term.
  • Don't refresh. All questions and answers are randomly picked and ordered every time you load a test.

This is a study tool. The 3 wrong answers for each question are randomly chosen from answers to other questions. So, you might find at times the answers obvious, but you will see it re-enforces your understanding as you take the test each time.
1. The commentator does not mean what she writes

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

3. Observable - measurable - easily perceived

4. Saying less than is warranted by the situation in order to emphasize reality

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

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

7. 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

8. Consists of a single independent clause

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

10. Imagined - even while it may possess truthful elements - it cannot be verified

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

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

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

14. The speaker or writer's credibility - honesty

15. The main character - usually the hero

16. List of details that reinforces a concept

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

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

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

20. Vague - not easily defined

21. The official 'headquarters' of a state or nation - its actual location or area

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

23. Innocence in perception - lack of worldly knowledge

24. Short narrative of an amusing - unusual - revealing or interesting event

25. A narrative or description with a secondary or symbolic meaning underlying the literal meaning

26. One of many prepositions

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

28. A negative statement

29. Used to link two independent clauses of parallel connection

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

31. Quiet reflection upon a topic

32. To illustrate how a claim can be true in some ways and false in others

33. To move off point

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

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

36. Reasoning by which a general statement is reached on the basis of particular examples

37. The opposite of an idea used to emphasize a point

38. Knowledge based on experience or observation - the view that experience - especially of the senses - is the only source of knowledge

39. Another way to say the writer used an analogy

40. (1) a short poetic nickname; (2) a term used to describe the name or title of a person -ie 'The Great Emancipator' for Abraham Lincoln; (3) an abusive slur

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

42. The ordinary - everyday speech of a region

43. The verb and its object and modifiers

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

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

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

47. Understatement created through double negative

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

49. To make fun of

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