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CLEP Common Literary Forms And Genres

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1. A lighthearted play characterized by humor and a happy ending.






2. A romance that describes the adventures of medieval knights and celebrates their strict code of honor - loyalty - and respectful devotion to women.






3. The brief narration of a single event or incident.






4. A short poetic expression of grief. It differs from an elegy in that it often is embedded within a larger work - is less highly structured - and is meant to be sung.






5. Originally - a realistic novel detailing a scoundrel's exploits. The term grew to refer more generally to any novel with a loosely structured - episodic plot that revolves around the adventures of a central character.






6. A nonrealistic story - in verse or prose - that features idealized characters - improbable adventures - and exotic settings.






7. A short pastoral poem in the form of a dialogue between two shepherds. Virgil's Eclogues is the most famous example of this genre.






8. A serious play that ends unhappily for the protagonist.






9. A form of nonfictional discussion or argument that Michel de Montaigne pioneered in the 1500s.






10. A fiction genre - popularized in the 1940s - with a cynical - disillusioned - loner protagonist.






11. A novel that tells a nonfictional - autobiographical story but uses novelistic techniques - such as fictionalized dialogue or anecdotes - to add color - immediacy - or thematic unity.






12. A play consisting of a single act - without intermission and running usually less than an hour.






13. A poetic work that features the strong rhythms of free versebut is presented on the page in the form of prose - without line breaks.






14. A German term - meaning 'formation novel -' for a novel about a child or adolescent's development into maturity - with special focus on the protagonist's quest for identity. James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a notable example.






15. Works that express a preference for the natural over the artificial in human culture - and a belief that the life of primitive cultures is preferable to modern lifestyles.






16. A fictional prose narrative of significant length.






17. A genre of fiction that presents an imagined future society that purports to be perfect and utopian but that the author presents to the reader as horrifyingly inhuman.






18. Traditionally - a folk song telling a story or legend in simple language - often with a refrain.






19. A work of fiction of middle length - often divided into a few short chapters - such as Henry James's Daisy Miller.






20. A speech - often in verse - by a lone character. The most famous example being the 'To be or not to be' speech in Shakespeare's Hamlet.






21. Fiction that is set in an alternative reality






22. An autobiographical poetic genre in which the poet discusses intensely personal subject matter with unusual frankness.






23. A play from the Middle Ages featuring saints or miraculous appearances by the Virgin Mary.






24. A celebration of the simple - rustic life of shepherds and shepherdesses - usually written by a sophisticated - urban writer.






25. A narrative work that reports true events.






26. A serious lyric poem - often of significant length - that usually conforms to an elaborate metrical structure.






27. A poem that contains words that a fictional or historical character speaks to a particular audience. Alfred - Lord Tennyson's 'Ulysses' is a famous example.






28. A story meant to be performed in a theater before an audience. Most are written in dialogue form and are divided into several acts. Many include stage directions and instructions for sets and costumes.






29. Literature intended to instruct or educate. For example - Virgil's Georgics contains farming advice in verse form.






30. A novel - such as Jean-Paul Sartre's Nausea - that the author uses as a platform for discussing ideas. Character and plot are of secondary importance.






31. A full-length fictional work that is novelistic in nature but written in verse rather than prose. Examples include Aleksandr Pushkin's Eugene Onegin and Vikram Seth's The Golden Gate.






32. A novel written in the form of letters exchanged by characters in the story - such as Samuel Richardson's Clarissa or Alice Walker's The Color Purple. This form was especially popular in the 1700s.






33. A humorous imitation of a serious work of literature. The humor often arises from the incongruity between the imitation and the work being imitated. For example - Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock uses the high diction of epic poetry to talk abou






34. A short play based on a biblical story.






35. A novel that focuses on the social customs of a certain class of people - often with a sharp eye for irony. Jane Austen's novels are prime examples of this genre.






36. The nonfictional story of a person's life - told by that person.






37. Fiction that concerns the nature of fiction itself - either by reinterpreting a previous fictional work or by drawing attention to its own fictional status.






38. A particularly compressed and truncated short story. They are rarely longer than 1 -000 words.






39. A humorous and often satirical imitation of the style or particular work of another author.






40. A work of didactic literature that aims to influence the reader on a specific social or political issue.






41. A story about the origins of a culture's beliefs and practices - or of supernatural phenomena - usually derived from oral tradition and set in an imagined supernatural past.






42. A novel set in an earlier historical period that features a plot shaped by the historical circumstances of that period.






43. A play that confronts a contemporary social problem with the intent of changing public opinion on the matter.






44. A ritualized form of Japanese drama that evolved in the 1300s involving masks and slow - stylized movement.






45. Disturbing or absurd material presented in a humorous manner - usually with the intention to confront uncomfortable truths. Joseph Heller's Catch-22 is a notable example.






46. An autobiographical work. Rather than focus exclusively on the author's life - it pays significant attention to the author's involvement in historical events and the characterization of individuals other than the author.






47. A work that exposes to ridicule the shortcomings of individuals - institutions - or society - often to make a political point. Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels is one of the most well known examples in English.






48. A concise expression of insight or wisdom: 'The vanity of others offends our taste only when it offends our vanity' (Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil).






49. A work of prose fiction that is much shorter than a novel (rarely more than forty pages) and focused more tightly on a single event.






50. A work that imitates the style of a previous author - work - or literary genre. Alternatively - the term may refer to a work that contains a hodgepodge of elements or fragments from different sources or influences. It differs from parody in that its