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SAT Subject Test: Literature

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