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SAT Subject Test: Literature

Subjects : sat, literature
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1. Agreeable - pleasant - harmonious sound

2. Poetry that uses the appearance of the verse lines on the page to suggest or imitate the poem's subject

3. A traditional story presenting supernatural characters and episodes that help explain natural events

4. Writing or speech that is not meant to be taken literally - often creating comparisons

5. A common meter in poetry consisting of an unrhymed line with five feet or accents - each foot containing an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable

6. The use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning; or - incongruity between what is expected and what actually happens

7. Attitude or mood towards a subject

8. A reference to a well-known person - place - event - literary work - or work of art

9. To display emotions and ideas

10. Use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse

11. The speaker - voice - or character assumed by the author of a piece of writing

12. Figure of speech; comparison using 'like' or 'as'

13. The process by which the writer develops a character

14. Harsh - cutting language or tone intended to ridicule

15. A fixed idea or conception of a character or an idea that does not allow for any individuality; often based on religious/social/racial prejudices

16. Something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred

17. Someone to whom private matters are confided

18. Drama dealing with the downfall of a heroic or noble character

19. Events after the climax - leading to the resolution

20. Inversion of the natural or usual word order

21. (usually long) dramatic speech by a single speaker

22. Giving human characteristics to something that not human

23. Written to convince the reader of an opinion or point

24. A group of lines in a poem

25. Humorous imitation

26. The parts before or after a word or statement that influence its meaning

27. A stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse

28. Told from the narrator's point of view - using 'I' - 'me' - 'we' - 'our' - etc.

29. A mournful poem - especially lamenting the dead

30. A type of poem - telling a story - meant to be sung; both lyrical and narrative in nature

31. A couplet consisting of two rhymed lines of iambic pentamenter and written in an elevated style

32. Background introducing the characters - setting - and basic situation

33. A distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing

34. A final settlement

35. Anything that stands for or represents something else

36. A short - witty saying expressing a single thought or observation

37. The freedom of a poet in writing

38. Symbolism; substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in 'they counted heads') or with which it is closely identified

39. A comparison of two different things that are similar in some way

40. Word choice

41. Narrator tells a story; events unfold through time

42. A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole (or vice versa) - the specific for the general (or vice versa) - or the material for the thing made from it

43. Poetic meter that has one stressed and a varying amount of unstressed syllables

44. Figure of speech; comparison not using like or as

45. A general truth or rule of conduct; a short saying

46. Unrhymed verse (usually in iambic pentameter)

47. The repetition of sounds at the ends of words

48. The use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot

49. Words mean exactly what they say

50. A unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work