Test your basic knowledge |

SAT Subject Test: Literature

Subjects : sat, literature
  • 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 use of corresponding grammatical or syntactical forms

2. Writing or speech that is not meant to be taken literally - often creating comparisons

3. The perspective from which a story is told

4. Word choice

5. Poetry that uses the appearance of the verse lines on the page to suggest or imitate the poem's subject

6. A contradiction or dilemma

7. A category or type of literary or artistic work

8. A regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem

9. The different patterns of development or methods of organization that can be used for self-expression - providing information - persuasion - and entertainment

10. A general truth or rule of conduct; a short saying

11. A short - witty saying expressing a single thought or observation

12. Words mean exactly what they say

13. The overall emotion created by a work of literature

14. The real or assumed personality used by a writer or speaker

15. A word imitating the sound it represents

16. Narrator tells a story; events unfold through time

17. A protagonist who is more ordinary than a traditional hero(ine) or one who is somewhat villainous

18. A poem in which a speaker addresses a silent listener

19. A short story teaching a lesson

20. Conjoining contradictory terms

21. A story about mythical or supernatural beings or events; often handed down orally

22. To display emotions and ideas

23. A final settlement

24. Unrhymed verse (usually in iambic pentameter)

25. Point of view

26. Something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred

27. How a sentence was formed to convey an emotion - image - or aspect of language.

28. Short (narrative) account of an incident (especially a biographical one)

29. A long - lyrical poem - usually serious or meditative in nature with complete stanza forms

30. Rural; of rural life; idyllic; of a pastor

31. Language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

32. Writing that records the conversation that occurs inside a character's head

33. Extended narrative about improbable events and extraordinary people in exotic places; often dealing with love

34. An evil or wicked person; antagonist

35. The general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

36. Artistic representation that aims for visual accuracy; accepting the facts

37. The opposite of exaggeration; less than intended.

38. (usually long) dramatic speech by a single speaker

39. The process by which the writer develops a character

40. Humorous imitation

41. A traditional story presenting supernatural characters and episodes that help explain natural events

42. The parts before or after a word or statement that influence its meaning

43. Figure of speech; comparison using 'like' or 'as'

44. A reference to a well-known person - place - event - literary work - or work of art

45. Series of events

46. The event that sets the plot into motion - triggering the conflict

47. The final resolution or outcome of the main complication

48. An event or action in a work of literature that serves to intensify and develop the conflict.

49. A fixed idea or conception of a character or an idea that does not allow for any individuality; often based on religious/social/racial prejudices

50. Harsh - cutting language or tone intended to ridicule