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SAT Subject Test: Literature

Subjects : sat, literature
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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