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SAT Subject Test: Literature

Subjects : sat, literature
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1. A stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse

2. Presentation of the thoughts and feelings of a character as they occur

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

4. The repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words

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

6. Series of events

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

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

9. Language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

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

11. A word imitating the sound it represents

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

13. Written to persuade audience of the truth (or falsehood) the speaker wishes to make understood

14. Told from the narrator's point of view - using 'I' - 'me' - 'we' - 'our' - etc.

15. Anything that stands for or represents something else

16. Point of view

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

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

19. The reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions

20. Attitude or mood towards a subject

21. A short story teaching a lesson

22. The use of corresponding grammatical or syntactical forms

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

24. A comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations

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

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

27. Dictionary definition of a word

28. Inversion of the natural or usual word order

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

30. The series of conflicts building up to a climax

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

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

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

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

35. Word choice

36. The repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words

37. A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole (or vice versa) - the specific for the general (or vice versa) - or the material for the thing made from it

38. The prevailing psychological state

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

40. To display emotions and ideas

41. A mournful poem - especially lamenting the dead

42. A worn-out idea or overused expression

43. 1. Categorical Design 2. Chronologically: time order 3. Spatially: geographically 4. Cause & Effect

44. An idea that is implied or suggested

45. The overall emotion created by a work of literature

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

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

48. Light and humorous drama with a happy ending

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

50. A category or type of literary or artistic work