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CLEP College Composition

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

2. A negative statement

3. An exaggeration or overstatement

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

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

6. Quiet reflection upon a topic

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

8. An exception to a proposed general rule

9. Used to introduce a long quotation - list

10. A group of words acting as a noun - i.e. 'Playing the guitar is extremely difficult'

11. Vowel rhyme

12. Imagined - even while it may possess truthful elements - it cannot be verified

13. Open - honest communication

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

15. Understatement created through double negative

16. Observable - measurable - easily perceived

17. Neoclassical principles of drama

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

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

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

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

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

23. The claim or point that the writer is making

24. Basically an 'either or' situation - typically a moral decision

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

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

27. The verb and its object and modifiers

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

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

30. Essay pattern in which the writer shows the immediate and underlying causes that led to an event or situation

31. Combines a compound sentence with a complex sentence

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

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

34. Repetition - at close intervals - of beginning sounds

35. Referring to phrases that suggest an interplay of the senses - ie 'hot pink' or 'golden voice'

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

37. Verb used to express conditional or counterfactual statements - i.e. 'If I were rich'

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

39. The main character - usually the hero

40. Rarely used - the writer uses the pronoun 'you' making the reader an active participant in the work

41. Abab cdcd efef gg

42. Humorous or ironic statement not meant to be taken literally

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

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

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

46. Acronym for basic elements of nonfictional text - speaker - occasion - audience - purpose - subject - tone

47. Opposing point of view

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

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

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