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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