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CLEP Common Literary Forms And Genres

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1. A humorous and often satirical imitation of the style or particular work of another author.






2. A novel that tells a nonfictional - autobiographical story but uses novelistic techniques - such as fictionalized dialogue or anecdotes - to add color - immediacy - or thematic unity.






3. A fiction genre - popularized in the 1940s - with a cynical - disillusioned - loner protagonist.






4. A play from the Middle Ages featuring saints or miraculous appearances by the Virgin Mary.






5. A succinct - witty statement - often in verse. For example - William Wordsworth's observation 'The child is the father of the man.'






6. An autobiographical work. Rather than focus exclusively on the author's life - it pays significant attention to the author's involvement in historical events and the characterization of individuals other than the author.






7. The brief narration of a single event or incident.






8. A speech - often in verse - by a lone character. The most famous example being the 'To be or not to be' speech in Shakespeare's Hamlet.






9. A short prose or verse narrative - such as those by Aesop - that illustrates a moral - which often is stated explicitly at the end.






10. Fiction that is set in an alternative reality






11. A novel that focuses on the social customs of a certain class of people - often with a sharp eye for irony. Jane Austen's novels are prime examples of this genre.






12. A short narrative that illustrates a moral by means of allegory.






13. A concise expression of insight or wisdom: 'The vanity of others offends our taste only when it offends our vanity' (Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil).






14. Disturbing or absurd material presented in a humorous manner - usually with the intention to confront uncomfortable truths. Joseph Heller's Catch-22 is a notable example.






15. A romance that describes the adventures of medieval knights and celebrates their strict code of honor - loyalty - and respectful devotion to women.






16. A formal poem that laments the death of a friend or public figure - or - occasionally - a meditation on death itself. In Greek and Latin poetry - the term applies to a specific type of meter (alternating hexameters and pentameters) regardless of cont






17. Literature intended to instruct or educate. For example - Virgil's Georgics contains farming advice in verse form.






18. A German term - meaning 'formation novel -' for a novel about a child or adolescent's development into maturity - with special focus on the protagonist's quest for identity. James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a notable example.






19. A short poetic expression of grief. It differs from an elegy in that it often is embedded within a larger work - is less highly structured - and is meant to be sung.






20. An autobiographical poetic genre in which the poet discusses intensely personal subject matter with unusual frankness.






21. Traditionally - a folk song telling a story or legend in simple language - often with a refrain.






22. A poem that contains words that a fictional or historical character speaks to a particular audience. Alfred - Lord Tennyson's 'Ulysses' is a famous example.






23. A poetic work that features the strong rhythms of free versebut is presented on the page in the form of prose - without line breaks.






24. Any composition not written in verse.






25. A humorous imitation of a serious work of literature. The humor often arises from the incongruity between the imitation and the work being imitated. For example - Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock uses the high diction of epic poetry to talk abou






26. A narrative in which literal meaning corresponds clearly and directly to symbolic meaning. For example - the literal story in John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress






27. A work of fiction of middle length - often divided into a few short chapters - such as Henry James's Daisy Miller.






28. Fiction that concerns the nature of fiction itself - either by reinterpreting a previous fictional work or by drawing attention to its own fictional status.






29. A work of didactic literature that aims to influence the reader on a specific social or political issue.






30. A short pastoral poem in the form of a dialogue between two shepherds. Virgil's Eclogues is the most famous example of this genre.






31. A particularly compressed and truncated short story. They are rarely longer than 1 -000 words.






32. A serious play that ends unhappily for the protagonist.






33. A lengthy narrative that describes the deeds of a heroic figure - often of national or cultural importance - in elevated language. Strictly - the term applies only to verse narratives like Beowulf or Virgil's Aeneid - but it is used to describe prose






34. A story about a heroic figure derived from oral tradition and based partly on fact and partly on fiction.






35. The nonfictional story of a person's life - told by that person.






36. A novel in which the author's aim is to tell a story that illuminates and draws attention to contemporary social problems with the goal of inciting change for the better. Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin - which exposed the horrors of Africa






37. An invented narrative - as opposed to one that reports true events.






38. Originally - a realistic novel detailing a scoundrel's exploits. The term grew to refer more generally to any novel with a loosely structured - episodic plot that revolves around the adventures of a central character.






39. Works that express a preference for the natural over the artificial in human culture - and a belief that the life of primitive cultures is preferable to modern lifestyles.






40. A composition that is meant to be performed. The term often is used interchangeably with play.






41. A play written in the fifteenth or sixteenth centuries that presents an allegory of the Christian struggle for salvation.






42. A narrative work that reports true events.






43. A nonrealistic story - in verse or prose - that features idealized characters - improbable adventures - and exotic settings.






44. A celebration of the simple - rustic life of shepherds and shepherdesses - usually written by a sophisticated - urban writer.






45. A form of nonfictional discussion or argument that Michel de Montaigne pioneered in the 1500s.






46. A genre of fiction that presents an imagined future society that purports to be perfect and utopian but that the author presents to the reader as horrifyingly inhuman.






47. Bertolt Brecht's Marxist approach to theater - which rejects emotional and psychological engagement in favor of critical detachment.






48. A work that imitates the style of a previous author - work - or literary genre. Alternatively - the term may refer to a work that contains a hodgepodge of elements or fragments from different sources or influences. It differs from parody in that its






49. A work of prose fiction that is much shorter than a novel (rarely more than forty pages) and focused more tightly on a single event.






50. The nonfictional story of a person's life. James Boswell's Life of Johnson is one of the most celebrated examples.