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CLEP College Composition

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1. Used to introduce a long quotation - list






2. List of details that reinforces a concept






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






4. The assigning of human attributes - such as emotions or physical characteristics - to nonhumans - usually plants or animals. Differs from personification in that it is a pattern applied to a nonhuman character throughout the entire literary work






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






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






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






8. Third-person narrator tells another's story using third-person pronouns






9. A variety of literary devices i.e. - anaphora - repeating






10. A figure of speech in which two contradictory elements are combined for effect - i.e. 'random order'






11. To move off point






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






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






14. The verb and its object and modifiers






15. To give human attributes or qualities to something nonliving or nonhuman






16. Vague - not easily defined






17. Main idea of an essay - what the writer hope to prove is true






18. A figure of speech in the form of a question posed for persuasive effect without the expectation of a reply






19. The main character - usually the hero






20. Neoclassical principles of drama






21. Understatement created through double negative






22. The opposite of an idea used to emphasize a point






23. An explosion of harsh language that usually vilifies or condemns an idea






24. 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






25. Short narrative of an amusing - unusual - revealing or interesting event






26. Simplifying a complex problem into an either or dichotomy






27. Consists of a single independent clause






28. A phrase or saying that has two meanings - one being sexual or provocative in nature






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






30. Words that mean the opposite of their literal meaning - i.e. 'how wonderful that you wrecked your car!'






31. Information distributed to promote a specific cause usually of a biased or misleading nature






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






33. A narrative or description with a secondary or symbolic meaning underlying the literal meaning






34. An interpretation of the facts based on available details






35. An indirect attack or insinuation






36. A speaker directly addresses something or someone not living - that cannot answer back






37. Comparison of two things that are similar in several respects in order to prove a point or clarify an idea






38. Repetition - at close intervals - of beginning sounds






39. A line of iambic hexameter; the final line of a Spenserian stanza is alexandrine






40. Observable - measurable - easily perceived






41. 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






42. Ideas or things that can mean many things to many people - such as peace - honor






43. Essay that presents information in order of occurrence - or sequence of events






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






45. Example based on supposition or uncertainty






46. Innocence in perception - lack of worldly knowledge






47. Clever use of language to amuse the reader - but more to make a point






48. Third person narrator sees and knows all without constraints of time - space. Can digress into contemplative or philosophical forays - often voicing the viewpoint of the author (mostly found in fiction)






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






50. Quiet reflection upon a topic