27 Multiple choice questions
- dialogue in which the endings and beginnings of each line echo each other, taking on a new meaning with each new line
EX: from Shakespeare's Hamlet:
QUEEN: Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended.
HAMLET: Mother, you have my father much offended.
QUEEN: Come, come, you answer with an idle tongue.
HAMLET: Go, go, you question with a wicked tongue.
- repetition of the first and last words in a clause over successive clauses (combines anaphora and epistrophe)
EX: "Much of what I say might sound bitter, but it's the truth. Much of what I say might sound like it's stirring up trouble, but it's the truth. Much of what I say might sound like it is hate, but it's the truth." -- Malcolm X
- a type of figurative language in which the whole is used in place of the part or the part is used in place of the whole
EX: "Give us this day our daily bread." -- Matthew 6:11
Note: In this case, the part (bread) stands in for the whole (food and perhaps other necessities of life)
- a technique that points out the fallacies in both people and societal institutions, using iron wit and exaggeration
- the repetition of sounds in two or more words or phrases that appear close to each other
- the central character of a drama, novel, short story, or narrative poem
particular kind of argument containing three categorical propositions,
two of them premises, one a conclusion. Logical form allows one to
substitute subjects and predicates for letters (variables).
EX: If all humans are mortal, and all Greeks are humans, then all Greeks are mortal.
- the use of verbal irony in which a person appears to be praising something but is actually insulting it
EX: "As I fell down the stairs headfirst, I heard her say, 'Look at that coordination.'"
- the pattern or structure of the word order in a sentence or phrase: the study of grammatical structure
- incomplete sentence used deliberately for persuasive purpose
- the study of sound and rhythm in poetry
concrete (such as an object, person, place, or event) that stands for
or represents something abstract (such as an idea, quality, concept, or
change or movement in a piece resulting from an epiphany, realization,
or insight gained by the speaker, a character, or the reader
general term describing when one part of speech (most often the main
verb, but sometimes a noun) governs two or more other parts of a
sentence (often in a series).
EX: [a] Mr. Glowry was horror-struck by the sight of a round, ruddy face and a pair of laughing eyes. [b] The little baby from his crib, the screaming lady off the roof, and the man from the flooded basement were all rescued.
- the vantage point from which the author presents the actions of the story.
- a play on words that are identical or similar in sound but have sharply diverse meanings
EX: When Mercutio is bleeding to death in Romeo and Juliet, he says to his friends, "Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find a grave man"
- the attitude of the writer or speaker toward his subject
- reiterating a word or phrase, or rewording the same idea, to secure emphasis
- the implied personality the author chooses to adopt
- twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation
EX: "The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrassing"
- a question asked solely to produce and effect and not to elicit a reply
EX: "When will I ever learn?"
- attributing human characteristics to nonhuman things
EX: "The wind whispers through the trees."
- a figure of speech involving a comparison using like or as
EX: "She is as lovely as a summer's day"
- the time and place in which events in a short story novel, play, or narrative poem take place
- the author's characteristic manner of expression
when a single word that governs or modifies two or more others must be
understood differently with respect to each of those words. A
combination of grammatical parallelism and semantic incongruity, often
with a witty or comical effect.
EX: [a] He grabbed his hat from the rack by the stairs and a kiss from the lips of his wife. [b] She stole his heart and his car on their first date.
- the repetition of conjunctions in close succession for rhetorical effect
EX: "Here and there and everywhere."