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CLEP English Literature All In One

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1. A poem of fixed form - French in origin - consisting usually of five three-line stanzas and a final four-line stanza and having only two rhymes throughout

2. The 1623 collection of William Shakespeare's plays published after his death by member of his acting company

3. A novel in which real persons appear under fictitious names

4. Poetry characterized by elaborate - sometimes bizarre use of metaphor; rough - rugged versification; dramatic speakers; and paradoxical reasoning.

5. Poetry that has no fixed meter - although it has rhythmic lines and line breaks and is therefore presumably composed with rhythmic qualities in mind. It came into vogue during the modern period.

6. A poem praising someone for their achievements - stemming from ancient Greece

7. Augustan Period;

8. The process of denying or disguising political values by misrepresenting them as natural - universal - or transcendent ideals.

9. The complex social process that pushes certain people outside mainstream society - usually because they are perceived as a threat to shared values

10. Refers to the sound and structure of poetry - including meter - rhyme - assonance - and alliteration

11. The repetition of vowel sounds close to each other

12. Novel a modernist form that puts a story together by tracing the thoughts and feelings of its characters rather than through the voice of a detached narrator

13. Repetition at the start of a sentence of the concluding word or phrase in the previous sentence. For example: 'There's only so much exercise you can get on a plane. A air plane is not the greatest place to work out'

14. The mood or emotional attitude evoked or reflected in a written work

15. Heroic poetry with an important subject of crucial national or cultural significance - together with a grand - lofty tone. Many epics tell the story of the founding of a nation or race by means of battle or journey

16. (1670-1790) identified literature as a worthy cultural pursuit capable of reconciling respect for classical learning with the evolving interests and tastes of the educated middle class. Translated - imitated - and elucidated the most respectable anci

17. A literary - usually verse composition in which a speaker reveals his or her character - often in relation to a critical situation or event - in a monologue addressed to the reader or to a presumed listener.

18. Any tangible thing named in a language - regardless of whether that thing is literal or figurative

19. Renaissance Period; 'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love' & Doctor Faustus

20. The contrast - as in a play - between what a character thinks the truth is - as revealed in a speech or action - and what an audience or reader knows the truth

21. The secondary significance a word acquires through association that goes beyond its literal meaning

22. A work written to mourn the death and memorialize the life of someone who died

23. Renaissance Period; Sonnets - Hamlet - King Lear - Othello - Macbeth - Romeo & Juliet - Twelfth Night - Henry IV - and A Midsummer's Nught Dream.

24. Early Medieval Period; The protagonist of the poem. Beowulf is a Geatish hero who fights the monster Grendel - Grendel's mother - and a fire-breathing dragon. Beowulf's exploits prove him to be the strongest - ablest warrior of his time. In his youth

25. An important critical movement that took hold in the early decades of the twentieth century. It stresses the importance of paying close attention to the literary text as a way to develop critical intelligence

26. A literary work that exposes evil or folly through the use of irony - ridicule - or derision

27. Modern Period; 'Dulce et Decorum Est'

28. The continuation of the grammatical flow from one line of verse to the next

29. An important narrative form that emerges at the threshold between orality and literacy. They are written down at some point after a period of oral development. Beowulf is considered an epic.

30. The narrative technique of shifting freely between a first-person and an interior third-person point of view

31. The most common meter in English verse. It consists of a line ten syllables long that is accented on every second beat (see blank verse). These lines in iambic pentameter are from The Merchant of Venice - by William Shakespeare:In sooth -/I know/not

32. Is the idealized code of medieval nobility. It stressed honesty and integrity in living up to one's social obligations - courtesy to others - and deference to ladies.

33. (1540-1640) public theaters presented plays that celebrated a semifluid social order governed by absolute power. These dramas portrayed any unchecked social mobility that might threaten state stability as the result of personal evil - corruption - an

34. Genre in poetry. Its formal - meditative - and intense.

35. Written in the form of a series of letters exchanged by the characters - as certain novels of the 18th cent.

36. Augustan Period

37. An extended metaphor used in a drama or narrative

38. Anything that isn't tangible. In literature - it can be opposed to imagery - the representation of tangible things

39. Novels about gruesome doings and supernatural horrors - usually set far away and long ago. The form emerged during the eighteenth century but gained popularity and respectability in the nineteenth - as the imagination in literature came to be more hi

40. A characteristic of art or nature that inspires a feeling of grander and mystery. For example: an ancient ruins - a storm swept landscape - of the fall of Satan in Milton's Paradise Lost.

41. A method of humorous or subtly sarcastic expression in which the intended meaning of the words is the direct opposite of their usual sense: the irony of calling a stupid plan 'clever'

42. Renaissance Period ; Paradise Lost

43. Is a figure of speech that uses an exaggerated or extravagant statement to create a strong emotional response. As a figure of speech it is not intended to be taken literally. Hyperbole is frequently used for humour. Examples of hyperbole are: They ra

44. A prose form originated by the French Renaissance humanist Michel de Montaigne as an experimental and skeptical approach to writing

45. The narrative devise of hinting at events that have yet to unfold

46. One of three sections of the Greek dramatic chorus and the Pindaric ode - along with the strophe and antistrophe. These forms may be repeated in sequence within a single ode.

47. A rhyming pair of iambic-pentameter lines - first used extensively in English by Chaucer and later developed as a syntactically complete unit - esp. by Dryden and Pope (Ex.: 'In every work regard the writer's end - Since none can compass more than th

48. A long - blustering - noisy - or scolding speech; tirade

49. The semblance of truth - a quality that helps distinguish the early novel from fable and romance

50. The pattern of rhymes in a stanza