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CLEP College Composition

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1. One of many subordinating conjunctions

2. The claim or point that the writer is making

3. Refers to ascribing emotion and agency to inanimate objects

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

5. 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

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

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

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

9. The ordinary - everyday speech of a region

10. 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'

11. (1) a short poetic nickname; (2) a term used to describe the name or title of a person -ie 'The Great Emancipator' for Abraham Lincoln; (3) an abusive slur

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

13. Abbaabba cdecde or abbaabba cdcdcd

14. Example - I think that your sweater is lovely

15. Verb in present tense - 'Bettina plays with children'

16. To place side by side in order to show similarities or differences

17. Reasoning by which a general statement is reached on the basis of particular examples

18. Words whose sounds mimic their meaning - buzz - woof

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

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

21. Lines rhymed by their final two syllables - i.e. running and gunning

22. Knowledge based on experience or observation - the view that experience - especially of the senses - is the only source of knowledge

23. 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

24. Vowel rhyme

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

26. Descriptive language to evoke the senses

27. Saying less than is warranted by the situation in order to emphasize reality

28. The work is narrated by the person 'I' - who can also be the protagonist - omniscient speaker. There can be multiple narrators of the same work

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

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

31. Further information about the subject (predicate must contain the verb)

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

33. Another way to say the writer used an analogy

34. The use of parallel elements in sentences or in the structure of an essay or prose passage ie - essay consisting of 4 paragraphs - each beginning with a question followed by the answer

35. Consists of a single independent clause

36. A negative statement

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

38. A humorous imitation of an original text meant to ridicule - often used in satire

39. That which comes before; the antecedent of a pronoun is the noun to which the pronoun refers

40. Abab bcbc cdcd ee

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

42. Refined taste - tact - the ability to avoid distress or embarrassment

43. The act or practice of envisioning things in an ideal form; seeing things as they could be

44. A metaphor using 'like' or 'as' in the comparison

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

46. Can be verified

47. Quiet reflection upon a topic

48. Essay that presents information in order of importance - either most important to least important or vice versa

49. To make fun of

50. Drawing conclusions from insufficient evidence