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SAT Subject Test: Literature

Subjects : sat, literature
Instructions:
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. A regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem






2. Identification with and understanding of another's situation - feelings - and motives






3. Symbolism; substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in 'they counted heads') or with which it is closely identified






4. Dictionary definition of a word






5. A transition to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story






6. The main (good) character






7. The attribution of human characteristics to animals or inanimate objects






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






9. A worn-out idea or overused expression






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






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






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






13. A person with powers greater than that of a normal being






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






15. A short moral story (often with animal characters)






16. Recurring at regular intervals






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






18. The final resolution or outcome of the main complication






19. A couplet consisting of two rhymed lines of iambic pentamenter and written in an elevated style






20. (absurd): plays stressing the irrational or illogical aspects of life - usually to show that modern life is pointless






21. Word or phrase describing a person or thing; descriptive phrase characterizing a person (often contemptous)






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






23. An expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances






24. A brief - cleverly worded statement that makes a wise observation about life.






25. Word choice






26. Serves by contrast to call attention to another's good qualities






27. The freedom of a poet in writing






28. The perspective from which a story is told






29. To inform the reader about something using facts - ideas and containing a focus subject






30. The use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning; or - incongruity between what is expected and what actually happens






31. The use of corresponding grammatical or syntactical forms






32. To display emotions and ideas






33. Use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse






34. A comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations






35. Poetic meter that has one stressed and a varying amount of unstressed syllables






36. Subject






37. An artistic movement emphasizing the imagination and characterized by incongruous juxtapositions and lack of conscious control






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






39. Figure of speech; comparison not using like or as






40. A word imitating the sound it represents






41. A character or force in conflict with the main character






42. An expression that cannot be understood if taken literally






43. The prevailing psychological state






44. The highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding






45. Description that appeals to the senses (sight - sound - smell - touch - taste)






46. A question asked for an effect - not actually requiring an answer; emphasizing the obvious






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






48. An evil or wicked person; antagonist






49. Unrhymed verse without a consistent metrical pattern






50. Inversion of the natural or usual word order