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SAT Subject Test: Literature

Subjects : sat, literature
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1. Light and humorous drama with a happy ending

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

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

4. A character or force in conflict with the main character

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

6. 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

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

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

9. Language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

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

11. 1. Categorical Design 2. Chronologically: time order 3. Spatially: geographically 4. Cause & Effect

12. Word or phrase describing a person or thing; descriptive phrase characterizing a person (often contemptous)

13. Word choice

14. Series of events

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

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

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

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

19. An idea that is implied or suggested

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

21. A short moral story (often with animal characters)

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

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

24. Exaggeration

25. Point of view

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

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

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

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

30. The process by which the writer develops a character

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

32. A comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations

33. A worn-out idea or overused expression

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

35. The main (good) character

36. The series of conflicts building up to a climax

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

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

39. Subject

40. A message that digresses from the main subject

41. Suggestions or hints

42. A poem in which a speaker addresses a silent listener

43. Unrhymed verse (usually in iambic pentameter)

44. A play on words

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

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

47. A mournful poem - especially lamenting the dead

48. A stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse

49. The grammatical arrangement of words in sentences

50. Events after the climax - leading to the resolution