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SAT Subject Test: Literature

Subjects : sat, literature
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1. The opposite of exaggeration; less than intended.

2. (absurd): plays stressing the irrational or illogical aspects of life - usually to show that modern life is pointless

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

4. A message that digresses from the main subject

5. A short story teaching a lesson

6. Emotional appeal

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

8. The highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding

9. The use of elevated language over ordinary language

10. Address to an absent or imaginary person

11. Dramatic speech to oneself

12. The use of corresponding grammatical or syntactical forms

13. An expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances

14. The juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance

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

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

17. Conjoining contradictory terms

18. A person with powers greater than that of a normal being

19. Recurring at regular intervals

20. A word imitating the sound it represents

21. The prevailing psychological state

22. To inform the reader about something using facts - ideas and containing a focus subject

23. A long - lyrical poem - usually serious or meditative in nature with complete stanza forms

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

25. An evil or wicked person; antagonist

26. Presentation of the thoughts and feelings of a character as they occur

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

28. Before the main part or actually story

29. Artistic representation that aims for visual accuracy; accepting the facts

30. 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

31. Serves by contrast to call attention to another's good qualities

32. The choices a writer makes; the combination of distinctive features of a literary work

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

34. 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

35. Narrator tells a story; events unfold through time

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

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

38. 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

39. Unrhymed verse (usually in iambic pentameter)

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

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

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

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

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

45. Exposition tells or explains how to do something; includes ideas and facts about the focus subject

46. Giving human characteristics to something that not human

47. Point of view in which the narrator is outside of the story - an observer; can be limited or omniscient

48. A contradiction or dilemma

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

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