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SAT Subject Test: Literature

Subjects : sat, literature
Instructions:
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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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.