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SAT Subject Test: Literature

Subjects : sat, literature
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1. A unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work

2. The process by which the writer develops a character

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

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

5. A contradiction or dilemma

6. Anything that stands for or represents something else

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

8. A distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing

9. Agreeable - pleasant - harmonious sound

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

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

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

13. The series of conflicts building up to a climax

14. Written to convince the reader of an opinion or point

15. Subject

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

17. The prevailing psychological state

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

19. A category or type of literary or artistic work

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

21. Language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

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

23. The opposite of exaggeration; less than intended.

24. Narrator tells a story; events unfold through time

25. A word imitating the sound it represents

26. Exposition tells or explains how to do something; includes ideas and facts about the focus subject

27. Recurring at regular intervals

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

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

30. A mournful poem - especially lamenting the dead

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

32. A worn-out idea or overused expression

33. Background introducing the characters - setting - and basic situation

34. A common meter in poetry consisting of an unrhymed line with five feet or accents - each foot containing an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable

35. The final resolution or outcome of the main complication

36. Exaggeration

37. Attitude or mood towards a subject

38. The perspective from which a story is told

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

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

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

42. The speaker - voice - or character assumed by the author of a piece of writing

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

44. When - where - and the weather in which the story takes place

45. 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

46. Substitution of an inoffensive term for one that is less pleasant

47. The telling of a story or an account of an event or series of events.

48. A comparison of two different things that are similar in some way

49. A type of poem - telling a story - meant to be sung; both lyrical and narrative in nature

50. A short story teaching a lesson