AP English Language Quiz: Terms And Definitions!

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  • 1. 
    Allegory
    • A. 

      A simile with important cultural background.

    • B. 

      Representation of abstract ideas through a character, symbol, or story; an extended metaphor with an underlying meaning.

    • C. 

      Using similar sentence construction to create emphasis.

    • D. 

      Using non-fiction to develop irony.

    • E. 

      A reference to important historical or cultural knowledge.

  • 2. 
    Alliteration
    • A. 

      Repetition of ending sounds.

    • B. 

      Repetition of a hard vowel sound in the middle of words.

    • C. 

      Representation of abstract ideas through a character, symbol, or story; an extended metaphor with an underlying meaning.

    • D. 

      Repetition of the same letter of sound at the beginning of words in a word group.

    • E. 

      A series of words to create a sensory impression in your mind.

  • 3. 
    Allusion
    • A. 

      Repetition of the same letter of sound at the beginning of words in a word group.

    • B. 

      Something out of place in time.

    • C. 

      A reversal in the order of words in otherwise parallel phrases.

    • D. 

      Something unknowable, undefined, ambiguous.

    • E. 

      Reference to well-known historical or cultural knowledge.

  • 4. 
    Ambiguity
    • A. 

      The highest point of drama; a decision is made by the main characters to solve the conflict.

    • B. 

      The repetition of a word or a phrase at both the beginning and the end of a sentence or paragraph.

    • C. 

      Something with uncertain meaning; something that may have more than one possible interpretation.

    • D. 

      An exaggeration not intended to be serious.

    • E. 

      Representation of abstract ideas through a character, symbol, or story; an extended metaphor with an underlying meaning.

  • 5. 
    Anachronism
    • A. 

      Repetition of the same letter of sound at the beginning of words in a word group.

    • B. 

      Something out of place in time.

    • C. 

      Language used for ordinary, everyday conversation, often particular to a region or a time

    • D. 

      A kind of understatement that can strengthen, emphasize, or downplay a thought.

    • E. 

      A statement that appears to contradict itself but holds some truth.

  • 6. 
    Anadiplosis 
    • A. 

      The use of a word to govern or modify two or more words when it is appropriate to one of them, or appropriate to each of them in. different ways.

    • B. 

      Anything original, clever, smart, or funny.

    • C. 

      The repetition of a word or a phrase at both the beginning and the end of a sentence or paragraph.

    • D. 

      A question used for effect when no answer is expected.

    • E. 

      Repetition of the last word or phrase from the end of a sentence or line to start the beginning of the next.

  • 7. 
    Analogy
    • A. 

      A similarity between two things in which a comparison can be made ; a comparison of two things, usually for the sake of argument.

    • B. 

      Representation of abstract ideas through a character, symbol, or story; an extended metaphor with an underlying meaning.

    • C. 

      Something out of place in time.

    • D. 

      A kind of understatement that can strengthen, emphasize, or downplay a thought.

    • E. 

      Repetition of the same word or group of words at the beginning of successive sentences, clauses, phrases, or lines.

  • 8. 
    Anaphora
    • A. 

      Related clauses not separated by conjunctions.

    • B. 

      Repetition of the same word or group of words at the beginning of successive sentences, clauses, phrases, or lines.

    • C. 

      A reversal in the order of words in otherwise parallel phrases.

    • D. 

      Something with uncertain meaning; something that may have more than one possible interpretation.

    • E. 

      Repetition of words derived from the same root but with different endings.

  • 9. 
    Anastrophe
    • A. 

      A kind of understatement that can strengthen, emphasize, or downplay a thought.

    • B. 

      Repetition of the same word or words at the end of successive phrases, clauses or sentences

    • C. 

      Departure from normal word order for the sake of emphasis.

    • D. 

      Using humor to break tension.

    • E. 

      Use of words which have similar but different meanings; a play on words.

  • 10. 
    Antithesis
    • A. 

      Representation of abstract ideas through a character, symbol, or story; an extended metaphor with an underlying meaning.

    • B. 

      Anything original, clever, smart, or funny.

    • C. 

      Departure from normal word order for the sake of emphasis.

    • D. 

      Something in contrast or direct opposition.

    • E. 

      Reference to well-known historical or cultural knowledge.

  • 11. 
    Apostrophe
    • A. 

      An address to an absent or imaginary person or abstraction.

    • B. 

      Repetition of vowel sounds within several words.

    • C. 

      Repetition of the same word or words at the end of successive phrases, clauses or sentences.

    • D. 

      The emotional and cultural associations of a word.

    • E. 

      Related clauses not separated by conjunctions.

  • 12. 
    Apposition
    • A. 

      Repetition of words derived from the same root but with different endings.

    • B. 

      Something in contrast or direct opposition.

    • C. 

      Repetition of ending sounds.

    • D. 

      Taking two elements, usually nouns, and placing them side by side so that one term enhances, defines, or modifies the other.

    • E. 

      A reversal in the order of words in otherwise parallel phrases.

  • 13. 
    Assonance
    • A. 

      Repetition of the same letter of sound at the beginning of words in a word group.

    • B. 

      Representation of abstract ideas through a character, symbol, or story; an extended metaphor with an underlying meaning.

    • C. 

      Language used for ordinary, everyday conversation, often particular to a region or a time.

    • D. 

      An imaginative, poetic image or metaphor that compares one thing to something very different.

    • E. 

      Repetition of vowel sounds within several words.

  • 14. 
    Asyndeton
    • A. 

      Something in contrast or direct opposition.

    • B. 

      Related clauses not separated by conjunctions.

    • C. 

      The repetition of the final consonants, especially at the ends of words in close intervals.

    • D. 

      The repeating of conjunctions in close succession.

    • E. 

      An address to an absent or imaginary person or abstraction.

  • 15. 
    Chiasmus
    • A. 

      The emotional and cultural associations of a word.

    • B. 

      A type of writing that uses short, simple sentences.

    • C. 

      Repetition of the same letter of sound at the beginning of words in a word group.

    • D. 

      A reversal in the order of words in otherwise parallel phrases.

    • E. 

      Taking two elements, usually nouns, and placing them side by side so that one term enhances, defines, or modifies the other.

  • 16. 
    Climax
    • A. 

      Departure from normal word order for the sake of emphasis.

    • B. 

      Answers questions resulting from the conflict.

    • C. 

      A moment of great intensity in literary work, often bringing events to a head.

    • D. 

      An imaginative, poetic image or metaphor that compares one thing to something very different.

    • E. 

      Repetition of vowel sounds within several words.

  • 17. 
    Colloquialism
    • A. 

      Language used for ordinary, everyday conversation, often particular to a region or a time.

    • B. 

      A kind of understatement that can strengthen, emphasize, or downplay a thought.

    • C. 

      Using similar sentence construction to create emphasis.

    • D. 

      Related clauses not separated by conjunctions.

    • E. 

      Taking two elements, usually nouns, and placing them side by side so that one term enhances, defines, or modifies the other.

  • 18. 
    Conceit
    • A. 

      An imaginative, poetic image or metaphor that compares one thing to something very different.

    • B. 

      An address to an absent or imaginary person or abstraction.

    • C. 

      Repetition of ending sounds.

    • D. 

      Something out of place in time.

    • E. 

      A word that imitates the sound it represents.

  • 19. 
    Connotations
    • A. 

      The emotional and cultural associations of a word.

    • B. 

      Repetition of vowel sounds within several words.

    • C. 

      Repetition of the same word or group of words at the beginning of successive sentences, clauses, phrases, or lines.

    • D. 

      Comparison of two unlike ideas not using like or as.

    • E. 

      Departure from normal word order for the sake of emphasis.

  • 20. 
    Consonance
    • A. 

      Repetition of vowel sounds within several words.

    • B. 

      Repetition of the same letter of sound at the beginning of words in a word group.

    • C. 

      The repetition of the final consonants, especially at the ends of words in close intervals.

    • D. 

      Related clauses not separated by conjunctions.

    • E. 

      Conflict created by miscommunication.

  • 21. 
    Denotation
    • A. 

      Using symbols to represent ideas.

    • B. 

      A direct, specific meaning; literal dictionary definition.

    • C. 

      Detracting from the word's emphasis by its placement.

    • D. 

      Something with uncertain meaning; something that may have more than one possible interpretation.

    • E. 

      Anything original, clever, smart, or funny.

  • 22. 
    Epistrophe
    • A. 

      Repetition of the same word or words at the end of successive phrases, clauses or sentences.

    • B. 

      Taking two elements, usually nouns, and placing them side by side so that one term enhances, defines, or modifies the other.

    • C. 

      Short speech.

    • D. 

      Departure from normal word order for the sake of emphasis.

    • E. 

      Repetition of the same letter of sound at the beginning of words in a word group.

  • 23. 
    Euphemism
    • A. 

      An extended metaphor.

    • B. 

      A reversal in the order of words in otherwise parallel phrases.

    • C. 

      Something in contrast or direct opposition.

    • D. 

      A substitution of a more polite or less negative word for another word to mask or soften the meaning.

    • E. 

      A similarity between two things in which a comparison can be made ; a comparison of two things, usually for the sake of argument.

  • 24. 
    Hyperbole
    • A. 

      An exaggeration not intended to be serious.

    • B. 

      Imaginative writing typical of the fantasy genre.

    • C. 

      Creating sensory impressions through description.

    • D. 

      Substituting a word with close connections with another word.

    • E. 

      Taking an abstract idea and giving it concrete characteristics.