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SAT Subject Test: Literature

Subjects : sat, literature
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1. The use of corresponding grammatical or syntactical forms

2. Events after the climax - leading to the resolution

3. The perspective from which a story is told

4. A protagonist who is more ordinary than a traditional hero(ine) or one who is somewhat villainous

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

6. (tall): short piece of fiction

7. A message that digresses from the main subject

8. How a sentence was formed to convey an emotion - image - or aspect of language.

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

10. A question asked for an effect - not actually requiring an answer; emphasizing the obvious

11. Written to persuade audience of the truth (or falsehood) the speaker wishes to make understood

12. An expression that cannot be understood if taken literally

13. The real or assumed personality used by a writer or speaker

14. An artistic movement emphasizing the imagination and characterized by incongruous juxtapositions and lack of conscious control

15. The telling of a story or an account of an event or series of events.

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

17. Word choice

18. Harsh - cutting language or tone intended to ridicule

19. A final settlement

20. The opposite of exaggeration; less than intended.

21. Inversion of the natural or usual word order

22. A play on words

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

24. The attribution of human characteristics to animals or inanimate objects

25. Using elements that can be either factual or impressionistic that act to 'paint a picture'

26. The use of elevated language over ordinary language

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

28. Point of view

29. A comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations

30. A contradiction or dilemma

31. A worn-out idea or overused expression

32. Someone to whom private matters are confided

33. Unrhymed verse (usually in iambic pentameter)

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

35. A brief - cleverly worded statement that makes a wise observation about life.

36. The final resolution or outcome of the main complication

37. The event that sets the plot into motion - triggering the conflict

38. The repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words

39. The prevailing psychological state

40. Conjoining contradictory terms

41. Substitution of an inoffensive term for one that is less pleasant

42. Dictionary definition of a word

43. A story that is usually passed down orally and becomes part of a community's tradition

44. Agreeable - pleasant - harmonious sound

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

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

47. Witty language used to convey insults or scorn; poking fun at the foibles of society

48. A story about mythical or supernatural beings or events; often handed down orally

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

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