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AP English Language And Composition Basics

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1. (refers to the use of verbs) A verb is in this when it expresses an action performed by its subject. Stylistically - this leads to more economical and vigorous writing.

2. A method of reasoning in which a number of specific facts or examples are used to make a generalization.

3. A highly specific - particular - often real - actual - or tangible detail; the opposite of abstract.

4. Directed to or appealing to feelings or prejudices instead of to intellect or reason.

5. Three periods (...)indicating the omission of words in a thought or quotation.

6. Study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)

7. Having an instructive purpose; intending to convey information or teach a lesson - usually in a dry - pompous manner.

8. Conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence')

9. A saying or proverb containing a truth based on experience and often couched in metaphorical language.

10. Are used as nouns or modifiers - are incomplete sentences and cannot stand alone grammatically; they are sometimes called subordinate clauses; those that function as adjectives - nouns - or adverbs are known - respectively - as adjective - noun - and

11. The manner in which something is expressed in words

12. The interpretation or analysis of a text.

13. A mild or less negative usage for a harsh or blunt term.

14. An excessively favorable opinion of one's own ability - importance - wit - etc.

15. A factual piece of writing that reveals weaknesses - faults - frailties - or other shortcomings.

16. A short - pithy statement of a generally accepted truth or sentiment.

17. The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning

18. Characterized by clever or sly humor - often saucy - playful - and somewhat irreverent.

19. A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.

20. A short tale - often with nonhuman characters - from which a useful lesson or moral may be drawn.

21. Explanatory; serving to explain; N. exposition: explaining; exhibition

22. A sentence that states the topic of its paragraph

23. Used by researchers to examine texts or public speeches as they occur in society with the aim of interpreting textual meaning

24. A circumstance in which the audience or reader knows more about a situation than a character.

25. The resolution that occurs at the end of a narrative or drama - real or imagined.

26. A French term for the world of books - criticism - and literature in general.

27. A highly regarded work of literature or other art form that has withstood the test of time.

28. The works considered the most important in a national literature or period; works widely read and studied.

29. Deriving from the orderly qualities of ancient Greek and Roman culture; implies formality - objectivity - simplicity - and restraint.

30. A term for the title character of a work of literature.

31. A grotesque or exaggerated likeness of striking qualities in persons and things.

32. A story in which a second meaning is to be read beneath the surface.

33. Inflated - pretentious language.

34. (n.) An abbreviated synopsis of a longer work of scholarship or research. (adj.) Dealing with or tending to deal with a subject apart from a particular or specific instance.

35. A style that has the power to evoke feelings

36. That portion of discourse that wanders or departs from the main subject or topic.

37. A figure of speech comparing to unlike things without using like or as

38. The repetition of one or more initial consonants in a group of words or lines in a poem

39. An idea that is implied or suggested

40. A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part

41. A mild - indirect - or vague term substituting for a harsh - blunt - or offensive term

42. A conclusion or proposition arrived at by considering facts - observations - or some other specific data.

43. A sentence containing a deliberate omission of words.

44. The quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author

45. A person - scene - event or other element that fails to correspond with the appropriate time or era.

46. A word to which a pronoun refers.

47. A vagueness of meaning; a conscious lack of clarity meant to evoke multiple meanings or interpretations.

48. The background and events that lead to the presentation of the main idea or purpose of an essay or other work; setting forth the meaning or purpose of a piece of writing or discourse.

49. To recreate or present with details

50. An abstract or ideal conception of a type; a perfectly typical example; an original model or form.