AP English Language Terms: Definitions! Practice Test II

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  • 1. 
    Imagery
    • A. 

      Placing two similar objects or ideas side by side for comparison/ contrast.

    • B. 

      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.

    • C. 

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

    • D. 

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

    • E. 

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

  • 2. 
    Irony
    • A. 

      An exaggeration not intended to be serious.

    • B. 

      Conveys a meaning deeper than literal meaning, often witty.

    • C. 

      Reference to well-known historical or cultural knowledge.

    • D. 

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

    • E. 

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

  • 3. 
    Juxtaposition
    • A. 

      Placing two similar objects or ideas side by side for comparison/ contrast.

    • B. 

      A direct, specific meaning; literal dictionary definition.

    • C. 

      Departure from normal word order for the sake of emphasis.

    • D. 

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

    • E. 

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

  • 4. 
    Litotes
    • A. 

      A figure of speech when one word or phrase is replaced with another that is much like the previous word.

    • B. 

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

    • C. 

      Using similar sentence construction to create emphasis.

    • D. 

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

    • E. 

      Related clauses not separated by conjunctions.

  • 5. 
    Metonymy
    • A. 

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

    • B. 

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

    • C. 

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

    • D. 

      A figure of speech when one word or phrase is replaced with another that is much like the previous word.

    • E. 

      Using similar sentence construction to create emphasis.

  • 6. 
    Onamatopoeia
    • A. 

      Word used to imitate a sound.

    • B. 

      Something out of place in time.

    • C. 

      Comparing two unlike and unrelated subjects to help describe. More substantial than a simile, does not use like or as.

    • D. 

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

    • E. 

      An address to an absent or imaginary person or abstraction.

  • 7. 
    Oxymoron
    • A. 

      Related clauses not separated by conjunctions.

    • B. 

      A figure of speech when one word or phrase is replaced with another that is much like the previous word.

    • C. 

      The emotional and cultural associations of a word.

    • D. 

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

    • E. 

      A figure of speech that combines two apparently contradictory terms; similar to a paradox, but this one is frequently two words

  • 8. 
    Paradox
    • A. 

      Word used to imitate a sound.

    • B. 

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

    • C. 

      Anything original, clever, smart, or funny.

    • D. 

      A statement that is self-contradictory, but in reality states a possible truth.

    • E. 

      Using symbols to represent ideas.

  • 9. 
    Parrallelism
    • A. 

      A figure of speech that combines two apparently contradictory terms; similar to a paradox, but this one is frequently two words.

    • B. 

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

    • C. 

      Using similar sentence construction to create emphasis.

    • D. 

      A reference to important historical or cultural knowledge.

    • E. 

      Using the same tense verbs in consecutive sentence.

  • 10. 
    Parataxis
    • A. 

      An exaggeration not intended to be serious.

    • B. 

      Favoring short, simple sentences, often without conjunctions.

    • C. 

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

    • D. 

      A statement that is self-contradictory, but in reality states a possible truth.

    • E. 

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

  • 11. 
    Parody
    • A. 

      Using similar sentence construction to create emphasis.

    • B. 

      Using a pair of metaphors to construct an idea.

    • C. 

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

    • D. 

      Humorous imitation of serious material.

    • E. 

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

  • 12. 
    Personification
    • A. 

      Favoring short, simple sentences, often without conjunctions.

    • B. 

      Anything original, clever, smart, or funny.

    • C. 

      The act of characterizing or embodying a personal trait in an inanimate object; giving human-like traits to a nonhuman.

    • D. 

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

    • E. 

      Describing a person in abstract terms to create a sensory impression.

  • 13. 
    Polyptoton
    • A. 

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

    • B. 

      Using multiple adverbs in a row to create emphasis.

    • C. 

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

    • D. 

      Repetition of words derived from the same root but with different endings; repeating a word in different forms.

    • E. 

      Related clauses not separated by conjunctions.

  • 14. 
    Polysyndeton
    • A. 

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

    • B. 

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

    • C. 

      Related clauses not separated by conjunctions.

    • D. 

      Using a conjunction between each word, phrase, or clause.

    • E. 

      Favoring short, simple sentences, often without conjunctions.

  • 15. 
    Pun
    • A. 

      A play on words where one word has a different meaning when used in a different context.

    • B. 

      The act of characterizing or embodying a personal trait in an inanimate object; giving human-like traits to a nonhuman.

    • C. 

      Using humor to break tension.

    • D. 

      Something in contrast or direct opposition.

    • E. 

      Anything original, clever, smart, or funny.

  • 16. 
    Reification
    • A. 

      Something in contrast or direct opposition.

    • B. 

      Treating something abstract as a real thing, a material object.

    • C. 

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

    • D. 

      Using a conjunction between each word, phrase, or clause.

    • E. 

      Repetition of ending sounds.

  • 17. 
    Rhetorical Question
    • A. 

      A question repeated with similar syntax.

    • B. 

      A question used for effect when no answer is expected.

    • C. 

      Provoking the reader to interact with the text.

    • D. 

      Using questions as inquiry.

    • E. 

      Providing an answer to a question.

  • 18. 
    Rhyme
    • A. 

      Identical or similar sounding words.

    • B. 

      A word that derives from similar roots.

    • C. 

      A pattern of stresses.

    • D. 

      Using sensory description.

    • E. 

      Treating something abstract as a real thing, a material object.

  • 19. 
    Satire
    • A. 

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

    • B. 

      Play on words.

    • C. 

      Using humor to break tension.

    • D. 

      Use of irony, sarcasm, or ridicule to be funny and/or to make a point.

    • E. 

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

  • 20. 
    Symploce
    • A. 

      Repetition of vowel sounds within several words.

    • B. 

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

    • C. 

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

    • D. 

      Repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning and another at the end of successive clauses.

    • E. 

      Related clauses not separated by conjunctions.

  • 21. 
    Synecdoche
    • A. 

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

    • B. 

      A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part

    • C. 

      An address to an absent or imaginary person or abstraction

    • D. 

      A figure of speech that takes an abstract idea and treats it as if it were concrete

    • E. 

      An address to an absent or imaginary person or abstraction.

  • 22. 
    Syntax
    • A. 

      Grammatical arrangement, order, and relationship of words.

    • B. 

      Parallel structure.

    • C. 

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

    • D. 

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

    • E. 

      What you pay for doing bad things.

  • 23. 
    Wit
    • A. 

      The emotional and cultural associations of a word.

    • B. 

      A word that imitates the sound it represents.

    • C. 

      Conflict created by miscommunication.

    • D. 

      Keen perception and apt expression; funny, clever, smart, or original.

    • E. 

      Short speech.

  • 24. 
    Zeugma
    • A. 

      Departure from normal word order for the sake of emphasis.

    • B. 

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

    • C. 

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

    • D. 

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

    • E. 

      Use of a word to modify or govern two or more words although its use may be grammatically or logically correct with only one.