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CLEP English Literature All In One

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1. The device of presenting abstractions as human characters.

2. The semblance of truth - a quality that helps distinguish the early novel from fable and romance

3. Repetition at the start of a sentence of the concluding word or phrase in the previous sentence. For example: 'There's only so much exercise you can get on a plane. A air plane is not the greatest place to work out'

4. Novels about gruesome doings and supernatural horrors - usually set far away and long ago. The form emerged during the eighteenth century but gained popularity and respectability in the nineteenth - as the imagination in literature came to be more hi

5. Anything that isn't tangible. In literature - it can be opposed to imagery - the representation of tangible things

6. Is a figure of speech that uses an exaggerated or extravagant statement to create a strong emotional response. As a figure of speech it is not intended to be taken literally. Hyperbole is frequently used for humour. Examples of hyperbole are: They ra

7. Plays presented during the Middle Ages by guilds of feast days - They depict important events in Christian history.

8. Novel a modernist form that puts a story together by tracing the thoughts and feelings of its characters rather than through the voice of a detached narrator

9. Made up of the ideas - beliefs - and values shared by members of a society. Ideology is shaped by political interests and serves power interests in ways we might not recognize

10. An extended metaphor used in a drama or narrative

11. Modern Period; 'Dulce et Decorum Est'

12. Pastoral lyrics- pomes that idealize life of shepherds

13. The rhythmic structure of poetry

14. The repetition of consonant sounds close to each other

15. A novel in which real persons appear under fictitious names

16. A literary work that exposes evil or folly through the use of irony - ridicule - or derision

17. The contrast - as in a play - between what a character thinks the truth is - as revealed in a speech or action - and what an audience or reader knows the truth

18. An unofficial grouping of works by authors whose importance has become generally recognized by literature scholars.

19. Renaissance Period ; Paradise Lost

20. (1670-1790) identified literature as a worthy cultural pursuit capable of reconciling respect for classical learning with the evolving interests and tastes of the educated middle class. Translated - imitated - and elucidated the most respectable anci

21. A verbal pattern in two parts in which the second part is like a mirror image of the first.

22. Renaissance Period; Sonnets - Hamlet - King Lear - Othello - Macbeth - Romeo & Juliet - Twelfth Night - Henry IV - and A Midsummer's Nught Dream.

23. Victorian Period; Oliver twist - Our Mutual Friend - Little Dorrit - Bleak House

24. The most common meter in English verse. It consists of a line ten syllables long that is accented on every second beat (see blank verse). These lines in iambic pentameter are from The Merchant of Venice - by William Shakespeare:In sooth -/I know/not

25. Augustan Period;

26. Poetry that has no fixed meter - although it has rhythmic lines and line breaks and is therefore presumably composed with rhythmic qualities in mind. It came into vogue during the modern period.

27. A poem that treats the subject of the couple's wedding night

28. Augustan Period

29. The mood or emotional attitude evoked or reflected in a written work

30. An important critical movement that took hold in the early decades of the twentieth century. It stresses the importance of paying close attention to the literary text as a way to develop critical intelligence

31. A term used in deconstruction - absence of meaning and multiplicity of possible meaning within a text

32. The continuation of the grammatical flow from one line of verse to the next

33. A figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another - dissimilar thing by the use of like - as - etc. (Ex.: a heart as big as a whale - her tears flowed like wine)

34. Renaissance Period; 'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love' & Doctor Faustus

35. A couplet is a pair of lines of verse. It usually consists of two lines that rhyme and have the same meter. While traditionally couplets rhyme - not all do

36. Augustan Period; Robinson Crusoe - Moll Flanders

37. Any tangible thing named in a language - regardless of whether that thing is literal or figurative

38. In deconstruction - things that are absent from yet suggested by a text. A trace may be the opposite of a written word

39. A poem praising someone for their achievements - stemming from ancient Greece

40. 12th-15th Centuries. Promoted chivalric (knightly) ideals that helped stabilize a social hierarchy based on bloodlines

41. The pattern of rhymes in a stanza

42. An important narrative form that emerges at the threshold between orality and literacy. They are written down at some point after a period of oral development. Beowulf is considered an epic.

43. Romantic Period; Pride and Prejudice - Emma

44. A collection of works on a common theme such as Charlemagne or the Trojan War. Cycles typically represent the work of several different authors brought together into a group. Cycles are often groups of romance narrative.

45. One of three sections of the Greek dramatic chorus and the Pindaric ode - along with the strophe and epode. These forms may be repeated in sequence within a single ode.

46. A verse form of Italian origin - made up of tercets - the second line of each tercet rhyming with the first and third lines of the next one (aba - bcb - cdc - etc.)

47. A literary - usually verse composition in which a speaker reveals his or her character - often in relation to a critical situation or event - in a monologue addressed to the reader or to a presumed listener.

48. A sentence that changes its grammatical structure in the middle - often suggest disturbance or excitement. For example: 'we had almost reached the finished line and then the race had to have been fixed from the beginning'

49. Genre in poetry. Its formal - meditative - and intense.

50. The dramatic genre of the 1950s that enacts the idea of existential meaninglessness