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AP English Language And Composition Basics

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1. A reference to a person - place - or event meant to create an effect or enhance the meaning of an idea.

2. To prove a point or to persuade

3. A term used to describe literary forms - such as novel - play - and essay.

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

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

6. A forceful sermon - lecture - or tirade.

7. A method of reasoning by which specific definitions - conclusions - and theorems are drawn from general principles.

8. I - me - my - mine

9. (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.

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

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

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

13. The grammatical arrangement of words in sentences

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

15. A leture or sermon on a religious or moral theme meant to guide human behavior.

16. Writing or speech that is used to create vivid impressions by setting up comparisons between dissimilar things - [examples are metaphor - simile - and personification.

17. A mode of discourse in which two or more things are compared and contrasted. Comparison often refers to similarities - contrast to differences.

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

19. Different methods of writing which you can incorporate into your writing to make it more effective

20. A narrative poem that tells of the adventures and exploits of a hero.

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

22. A way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period

23. In contrast to Bionysian - it refers to the most noble - godlike qualities of human nature and behavior.

24. The dictionary definition of a word.

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

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

27. The purpose of thisessay is to demonstrate how the writer can develop a position/idea and support it with interwoven sources. The writer is expected to write in an academic and mature style.

28. Literally - 'talking around' a subject; i.e. - discourse that avoids direct reference to a subject.

29. An appeal based on logic or reason

30. An appeal based on the character/reputation/ credibility of the speaker.

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

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

33. A poet; in olden times - a performer who told heroic stories to musical accompaniment.

34. As distinguished from Apollonian - the word refers to sensual - pleasure-seeking - impulses.

35. Pompous or pretentious talk or writing

36. A metaphor developed at great length - occurring frequently in or throughout a work.

37. Something - generally a clue - intended to distract or mislead from the original issue/question.

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

39. A poem or prose selection that laments or meditates on the passing or death of someone or something of value.

40. The suggested or implied meaning of a word or phrase.

41. A statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said

42. Form of literature in which irony - sarcasm - and ridicule are employed to attack human vice and folly

43. Anything that stands for or represents something else

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

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

46. A sentence that states the topic of its paragraph

47. An adjective or phrase that expresses a striking quality of a person or thing; Can also be used to apply to vulgar or profane exclamations.

48. A feeling of association or identification with an object or person.

49. The ability to form mental images of things or events

50. The unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar