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CLEP College Composition

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1. Another way to say the writer used an analogy






2. Quiet reflection upon a topic






3. Refers to the way the writer lets readers know what will be discussed - a framing statement gives the reader some sense of what to expect






4. Open - honest communication






5. Essay that presents information about two or more things - events - or ideas in order to compare them






6. A short quotation or verse that precedes text that sets the tone or provides a setting






7. Repetition of the same consonant two or more times in short succession






8. The work is narrated using a name or third person pronoun ie - he - she - etc.






9. Type of faulty reasoning in which the writer attempts to support a statement by repeating the statement in different or stronger language






10. Quality in literature that appeals to the audience's emotions






11. One of many conjunctive adverbs






12. Essay that presents information about a problem followed by a description of one or more solutions






13. A type of poem that takes the form of a lament for the dead sung by a shepherd






14. Not taking a position






15. The verb and its object and modifiers






16. Can be verified






17. ... - used to indicate omission of words or letters






18. Essay that presents information in order of specificity - beginning with a general theme and focuses on a specific topic of interest - often the 5 paragraph essay






19. A phrase that refers to a person or object by single important feature of that person or object






20. A verb used for issuing commands - 'Do it now!'






21. A type of literature that exposes idiocy - corruption - or other human folly - through humor - exaggeration - irony






22. Vowel rhyme






23. A reference to something in culture - history or literature that expands the depth of the text that allows the reader to make a 'connection'






24. Helping verb (often be - have - or do) - i.e. 'I am working on it'






25. One of many prepositions






26. Abbaabba cdecde or abbaabba cdcdcd






27. The building housing lawmakers of a state or nation






28. The official 'headquarters' of a state or nation - its actual location or area






29. A figure of speech in which sharply contrasting ideas are juxtaposed in a balanced or parallel phrase or grammatical structure - i.e. 'to err is human; to forgive - divine'






30. The claim or point that the writer is making






31. A formula of deductive argument that consists of 3 propositions - the major premise - minor premise - and conclusion






32. The main character - usually the hero






33. To write around a subject - evasively - say nothing






34. A comparison of two unlike things in order to show or more clearly or in a new way






35. The order of words in a sentence - also the types and structures of sentences






36. The commentator does not mean what she writes






37. Appearing in episodes - a long string of short individual scenes






38. 'ed' form of a verb - 'Bettina played with the children'






39. The pause that breaks a line of Old English verse






40. A phrase that refers to a person or object by a single important feature - ie 'the pen is mightier than the sword'






41. A kind or more gentle word to dilute the meaning in order to evade responsibility for a more disturbing word - i.e. 'passed on' instead of 'died'






42. An explanatory reference at the bottom of a page of text






43. A statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting






44. Repetition - at close intervals - of beginning sounds






45. Drawing conclusions from insufficient evidence






46. The speaker - author - or narrator's attitude toward a person - place - idea - or thing






47. Example - this white wine goes well with this fish






48. One of many subordinating conjunctions






49. Innocence in perception - lack of worldly knowledge






50. A verb acting as a noun - usually 'ing' form of the verb