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For AP Language 11 there is a quiz on all the terms we learned called tool box words. In this quiz you study for the final as well as get an idea of how well you might do with our current knowledge. TRY to get an A. . . GOOD LUCK!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    An Aphorism is a...

    • A.

      A device that uses story/characters symbolically to represent an abstraction in addition to the literal meaning.

    • B.

      Terse statement of known authorship which expresses a general truth or a moral principle.

    • C.

      A direct or indirect reference to something which is presumably commonly known, such as an event, book, myth, place, or work of art.

    • D.

      A grammatical unit that contains both a subject and a verb.

    • E.

      A fanciful expression, usually in the form of an extended metaphor or surprising analogy between seemingly dissimilar objects.

    Correct Answer
    B. Terse statement of known authorship which expresses a general truth or a moral principle.
    Explanation
    An aphorism is a terse statement of known authorship which expresses a general truth or a moral principle. It is a concise and memorable statement that encapsulates a universal truth or a piece of wisdom. Aphorisms are often attributed to specific authors or well-known figures, and they serve to convey important ideas or insights in a succinct and impactful manner. They are commonly used in literature, philosophy, and everyday conversation to convey profound truths or moral lessons.

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  • 2. 

    A grammatical unit that contains both a subject and a verb

    Correct Answer
    Clause
    Explanation
    A clause is a grammatical unit that contains both a subject and a verb. It can express a complete thought and can function as a sentence on its own or as part of a larger sentence. A clause can be independent, meaning it can stand alone as a complete sentence, or it can be dependent, meaning it relies on another clause to complete its meaning. Clauses are essential in constructing sentences and conveying meaning in the English language.

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  • 3. 

    Conotation is...

    • A.

      A similarity or comparison between two different things or the relationship between them.

    • B.

      The repetition of sounds, especially initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words (as in “she sells sea shells”).

    • C.

      The non-literal, associative meaning of a word; the implied, suggested meaning.

    • D.

      The word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun

    Correct Answer
    C. The non-literal, associative meaning of a word; the implied, suggested meaning.
    Explanation
    Connotation refers to the implied or suggested meaning of a word, beyond its literal definition. It is the non-literal, associative meaning that a word carries, often influenced by cultural or emotional associations. Connotation adds depth and nuance to language, allowing for the expression of subtle shades of meaning. It is different from denotation, which is the literal or dictionary definition of a word.

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  • 4. 

    A(n) ______________ is the device of using character and/or story elements symbolically to represent an abstraction in addition to the literal meaning.

    Correct Answer
    Allegory
    Explanation
    An allegory is a literary device that uses characters and/or story elements to symbolically represent an abstraction or a deeper meaning beyond the literal interpretation. In an allegory, the characters and events in the story are often used to convey moral, political, or philosophical ideas. This allows the author to explore complex themes and ideas in a more indirect and symbolic way, inviting readers to interpret and analyze the deeper meanings behind the narrative.

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  • 5. 

    A figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction, such as liberty or love.

    • A.

      Apostrophe

    • B.

      Conotation

    • C.

      Satire

    • D.

      Clause

    • E.

      Rhetoric

    Correct Answer
    A. Apostrophe
    Explanation
    Apostrophe is a figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction, such as liberty or love. It is a rhetorical device used to give human characteristics or emotions to non-human entities or to address someone who is not physically present. This figure of speech adds depth and emotion to the writing, allowing the writer to express their thoughts and feelings in a more impactful way.

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  • 6. 

    Alluision is...

    • A.

      A figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction, such as liberty or love

    • B.

      A terse statement of known authorship which expresses a general truth or a moral principle.

    • C.

      A similarity or comparison between two different things or the relationship between them.

    • D.

      A direct or indirect reference to something which is presumably commonly known, such as an event, book, myth, place, or work of art

    Correct Answer
    D. A direct or indirect reference to something which is presumably commonly known, such as an event, book, myth, place, or work of art
    Explanation
    Allusion is a figure of speech that refers to something well-known, such as an event, book, myth, place, or work of art. It can be a direct or indirect reference, allowing the audience to make connections and understand the deeper meaning or context of the subject being discussed. By using allusions, writers can enhance their writing by evoking emotions, creating imagery, or adding layers of meaning to their work.

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  • 7. 

    The strict, literal, dictionary definition of a word, devoid of any emotion, attitude, or color.

    • A.

      Conotation

    • B.

      Denotation

    • C.

      Alliteration

    • D.

      Extended Metaphor

    • E.

      Figurative

    Correct Answer
    B. Denotation
    Explanation
    Denotation refers to the strict, literal, dictionary definition of a word, without any emotional or figurative connotations. It focuses solely on the objective meaning of a word, devoid of any subjective interpretation or personal associations. This is in contrast to connotation, which involves the emotional or cultural associations that a word carries. Denotation is important for clear and precise communication, as it helps to avoid misunderstandings or misinterpretations of words.

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  • 8. 

    A similarity or comparison between two different things or the relationship between them.

    • A.

      Anecdote

    • B.

      Euphenism

    • C.

      Analogy

    • D.

      Diction

    Correct Answer
    C. Analogy
    Explanation
    An analogy is a similarity or comparison between two different things or the relationship between them. It is a way to explain or understand something by comparing it to something else that is familiar or easier to grasp. In this context, the correct answer is analogy because it fits the definition given and is the only option that describes a comparison or relationship between two different things. Anecdote, euphemism, and diction do not fit the definition of a similarity or comparison.

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  • 9. 

    The use of slang or informalities in speech or writing. Not generally acceptable for formal writing, colloquialisms give a work a conversational, familiar tone

    Correct Answer
    Colloquial
    Explanation
    Colloquial refers to the use of slang or informal language in speech or writing. It is not considered appropriate for formal writing, but it can add a conversational and familiar tone to a work.

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  • 10. 

    The word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun.

    Correct Answer
    Antecedent
    Explanation
    An antecedent is the word, phrase, or clause that a pronoun refers to. In a sentence, when a pronoun is used, it is important to have a clear antecedent to avoid confusion. The antecedent provides the context and meaning for the pronoun. For example, in the sentence "John lost his book," "John" is the antecedent of the pronoun "his." The antecedent helps to establish the identity and ownership of the pronoun.

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  • 11. 

    Ambiguity is...

    • A.

      The multiple meanings, either intentional or unintentional, of a word, phrase, sentence, or passage.

    • B.

      A figure of speech using deliberate exaggeration or overstatement.

    • C.

      A fanciful expression, usually in the form of an extended metaphor or surprising analogy between seemingly dissimilar objects.

    • D.

      A metaphor developed at great length, occurring frequently in or throughout a work.

    Correct Answer
    A. The multiple meanings, either intentional or unintentional, of a word, phrase, sentence, or passage.
    Explanation
    Ambiguity refers to the existence of multiple meanings for a word, phrase, sentence, or passage. These multiple meanings can be either intentional or unintentional, leading to confusion or uncertainty in understanding the intended message. Ambiguity can arise due to different interpretations, linguistic nuances, or contextual factors. It is important to recognize and address ambiguity in communication to ensure clarity and effective understanding between the sender and receiver.

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  • 12. 

    Are you cheating?

    • A.

      Noooo? ok yes

    • B.

      Never!

    • C.

      Cheating on what

    • D.

      How'd you know??

    Correct Answer
    B. Never!
    Explanation
    The given responses suggest that the question is asking if the person is cheating. The correct answer "Never!" implies that the person denies cheating and emphasizes that they have never engaged in any dishonest behavior.

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  • 13. 

    __________ is  the sensory details or figurative language used to describe, arouse emotion, or represent abstractions.

    • A.

      Sensory Details

    • B.

      Imagery

    • C.

      Analogy

    • D.

      Genre

    Correct Answer
    B. Imagery
    Explanation
    Imagery refers to the use of sensory details or figurative language in order to describe something, evoke emotions, or represent abstract concepts. It involves creating vivid and detailed mental images through the use of words. By using imagery, authors can appeal to the reader's senses and create a more engaging and immersive reading experience.

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  • 14. 

    What is an Euphenism?

    • A.

      The multiple meanings, either intentional or unintentional, of a word, phrase, sentence, or passage.

    • B.

      This term describes traditions for each genre.

    • C.

      A device used to produce figurative language.

    • D.

      From the Greek for "good speech," ___________ are a more agreeable or less offensive substitute for a generally unpleasant word or concept.

    • E.

      A word?

    Correct Answer
    D. From the Greek for "good speech," ___________ are a more agreeable or less offensive substitute for a generally unpleasant word or concept.
    Explanation
    An Euphemism is a more agreeable or less offensive substitute for a generally unpleasant word or concept.

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  • 15. 

    Writing or speech that is not intended to carry literal meaning and is usually meant to be imaginative and vivid.

    Correct Answer
    Figurative Language
    Explanation
    Figurative language refers to writing or speech that uses words or expressions in a non-literal way, aiming to create a more imaginative and vivid effect. It includes various literary devices such as metaphors, similes, personification, and hyperbole. By using figurative language, writers and speakers can enhance their communication by adding depth, imagery, and emotional impact to their words. This allows the audience to interpret and understand the intended message in a more engaging and creative manner.

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  • 16. 

    The major category into which a literary work fits.

    Correct Answer
    Genre
    Explanation
    Genre refers to the major category or classification into which a literary work can be placed. It helps readers and scholars to identify and understand the characteristics, themes, and style of a particular work. By categorizing literature into genres such as fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, etc., it becomes easier to analyze and discuss the work within a specific framework. Genre provides a useful way to organize and study literature, allowing readers to explore different types of storytelling and themes.

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  • 17. 

    Describe Diction

    • A.

      The non-literal, associative meaning of a word; the implied, suggested meaning.

    • B.

      Related to style, _______ refers to the writer's word choices, pecially with regard to their correctness, clearness, or effectiveness

    • C.

      The strict, literal, dictionary definition of a word, devoid of any emotion, attitude, or color.

    • D.

      From the Greek, _________ literally means "teaching."

    Correct Answer
    B. Related to style, _______ refers to the writer's word choices, pecially with regard to their correctness, clearness, or effectiveness
    Explanation
    The correct answer is diction. Diction refers to the writer's word choices and how they contribute to the overall style of a piece of writing. It encompasses the correctness, clearness, and effectiveness of the words chosen by the writer. Diction is an important aspect of writing as it helps convey the intended meaning and tone to the reader.

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  • 18. 

    From the Greek, __________ literally means "teaching."

    • A.

      Homily

    • B.

      Figure of speech

    • C.

      Didactic

    • D.

      Denotation

    Correct Answer
    C. Didactic
    Explanation
    The Greek word "didactic" literally means "teaching." This suggests that the correct answer is "didactic" because it aligns with the given definition. "Homily" refers to a religious discourse, "figure of speech" refers to a rhetorical device, and "denotation" refers to the literal meaning of a word. Therefore, "didactic" is the most suitable answer based on the given information.

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  • 19. 

    A figure of speech using deliberate exaggeration or overstatement.

    • A.

      Understatement

    • B.

      Hyperbole

    • C.

      Irony

    • D.

      Figurative Language

    Correct Answer
    B. Hyperbole
    Explanation
    Hyperbole is a figure of speech that involves deliberate exaggeration or overstatement. It is used to emphasize a point or create a vivid image in the reader's mind. By exaggerating certain aspects, the writer or speaker can convey a stronger message or evoke a stronger emotional response. Hyperbole is often used in literature, poetry, and everyday language to add emphasis and create a memorable effect.

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  • 20. 

    Define Homily

    • A.

      This term literally means "sermon," but more informally, it can include any serious talk, speech, or lecture involving moral or spiritual advice

    • B.

      The multiple meanings, either intentional or unintentional, of a word, phrase, sentence, or passage.

    • C.

      This term describes traditions for each genre.

    • D.

      A similarity or comparison between two different things or the relationship between them

    Correct Answer
    A. This term literally means "sermon," but more informally, it can include any serious talk, speech, or lecture involving moral or spiritual advice
    Explanation
    The given correct answer accurately defines the term "homily" as a sermon, but also mentions that it can include any serious talk, speech, or lecture involving moral or spiritual advice. This explanation aligns with the definition provided in the question prompt.

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  • 21. 

    A device used to produce figurative language.

    Correct Answer
    Figure of speech
    Explanation
    A figure of speech is a device used to produce figurative language. It is a way of expressing ideas or concepts in a non-literal or imaginative manner. Figures of speech add depth and richness to language, making it more colorful, expressive, and engaging. They include various techniques such as similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, and many others. By using figures of speech, writers and speakers can create vivid imagery, evoke emotions, and convey complex ideas in a more creative and memorable way.

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  • 22. 

    A metaphor developed at great length, occurring frequently in or throughout a work.

    Correct Answer
    Extended Methaphor
    Explanation
    An extended metaphor is a literary device where a metaphor is developed and elaborated upon throughout a work. It is used to create a deeper meaning and enhance the reader's understanding by comparing two unrelated things in a more detailed and prolonged manner. This technique allows the author to paint a vivid picture and evoke emotions in the reader. It adds depth and complexity to the writing, making it more engaging and thought-provoking.

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  • 23. 

    This term describes traditions for each genre.

    • A.

      Genre

    • B.

      Conotation

    • C.

      Generic Conventions

    • D.

      Prose

    Correct Answer
    C. Generic Conventions
    Explanation
    Generic conventions refer to the set of traditions and expectations that are associated with each genre. These conventions include elements such as plot structure, character types, themes, and writing style that are commonly found in a particular genre. For example, in prose, the generic conventions may include a narrative style, character development, and a linear plot structure. These conventions help to define and distinguish different genres and provide a framework for writers to follow when creating works within a specific genre.

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  • 24. 

    Also referred to as parallel construction or parallel structure, this term comes from Greek roots meaning "beside one another."

    Correct Answer
    parallelism
    Explanation
    Parallelism refers to the use of similar grammatical structures or patterns in a sentence or a series of sentences. It helps to create balance and rhythm in writing and emphasizes the relationship between ideas. The term "parallelism" is derived from Greek roots meaning "beside one another," indicating the concept of placing similar elements side by side. This technique enhances clarity and coherence in writing by making it easier for readers to understand and follow the writer's ideas.

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  • 25. 

    A term from the Greek meaning “changed label” or “Substitute name”. A figure of speech in which the name of one object is substituted for that of another closely associated with it.

    • A.

      Irony

    • B.

      Metonymy

    • C.

      Didactic

    • D.

      Parallelism

    Correct Answer
    B. Metonymy
    Explanation
    Metonymy is a figure of speech where the name of one thing is substituted with another closely related or associated with it. This term originates from the Greek language and means "changed label" or "substitute name". In metonymy, the substitution creates a rhetorical effect and can enhance the meaning or convey a specific idea. It is different from irony, didactic, and parallelism, as they are unrelated to the concept of substituting names.

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  • 26. 

    From the Greek for "pointedly foolish," an oxymoron is a figure of speech wherein the author groups apparently contradictory terms to suggest a paradox

    • A.

      Sarcasm

    • B.

      Oxymoron

    • C.

      Irony

    • D.

      Invective

    Correct Answer
    B. Oxymoron
    Explanation
    An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms to create a paradox. It is derived from the Greek words meaning "pointedly foolish." This means that the author intentionally uses terms that seem to contradict each other in order to create a unique and thought-provoking effect. Sarcasm, irony, and invective are all related to the use of language, but they do not specifically involve the grouping of contradictory terms like an oxymoron does.

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  • 27. 

    A succession of clauses of approximately equal length and corresponding structure

    • A.

      Polysyndeton

    • B.

      Anaphora

    • C.

      Parallel Structure

    • D.

      Isocolon

    Correct Answer
    D. Isocolon
    Explanation
    Isocolon refers to a rhetorical device where a succession of clauses or phrases have approximately equal length and corresponding structure. In this case, the correct answer suggests that the given sentence exhibits this characteristic. The sentence consists of a succession of clauses that are of equal length and have corresponding structures, indicating the use of isocolon.

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  • 28. 

    From the Greek meaning “to tear flesh,”_________  involves bitter, caustic language that is meant to hurt or ridicule someone or something.

    Correct Answer
    Sarcasm
    Explanation
    Sarcasm, derived from the Greek word meaning "to tear flesh," involves the use of bitter and caustic language to intentionally hurt or ridicule someone or something. It is a form of verbal irony where the intended meaning is different from the literal interpretation. Sarcasm is often used to express contempt, mockery, or cynicism, and relies on tone and context to convey its intended meaning.

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  • 29. 

    Irony

    • A.

      The contrast between what is stated explicitly and what is really meant, or the difference between what appears to be and what is actually true.

    • B.

      Writing or speech that is not intended to carry literal meaning and is usually meant to be imaginative and vivid.

    • C.

      A statement that appears to be self-contradictory or opposed to common sense but upon closer inspection contains some degree of truth or validity.

    • D.

      Lack of conjunctions

    Correct Answer
    A. The contrast between what is stated explicitly and what is really meant, or the difference between what appears to be and what is actually true.
    Explanation
    Irony is a literary device that involves a contrast between what is stated explicitly and what is actually meant or true. It can also refer to the difference between what appears to be and what is actually true. Irony can be found in writing or speech that is not meant to be taken literally and is often used to create vivid and imaginative expressions. It can also be seen in statements that seem self-contradictory or opposed to common sense, but upon closer examination, contain some truth or validity. The correct answer accurately describes the concept of irony.

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  • 30. 

    meaning the prevailing atmosphere or emotional aura of a work.

    Correct Answer
    Mood
  • 31. 

    Paradox

    • A.

      A statement that appears to be self-contradictory or opposed to common sense but upon closer inspection contains some degree of truth or validity.

    • B.

      The contrast between what is stated explicitly and what is really meant, or the difference between what appears to be and what is actually true.

    • C.

      Writing or speech that is not intended to carry literal meaning and is usually meant to be imaginative and vivid.

    • D.

      A device used to produce figurative language.

    Correct Answer
    A. A statement that appears to be self-contradictory or opposed to common sense but upon closer inspection contains some degree of truth or validity.
    Explanation
    A paradox is a statement that seems contradictory or goes against common sense, but upon closer examination, it actually holds some truth or validity. This means that even though a paradox may seem illogical or contradictory at first, it can reveal a deeper meaning or truth when analyzed more closely. Paradoxes are often used in literature, philosophy, and rhetoric to challenge conventional thinking and provoke deeper thought and reflection.

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  • 32. 

    A figure of speech in which natural sounds are imitated in the sounds of words.

    Correct Answer
    onomatopoeia
    Explanation
    Onomatopoeia is a figure of speech that involves the use of words that imitate or mimic natural sounds. This literary device creates a sensory experience for the reader by using words that sound like the noises they describe. For example, words like "buzz," "hiss," and "boom" are examples of onomatopoeia because they sound like the noises they represent. By using onomatopoeia, writers can add vividness and emphasis to their descriptions, making the reader feel more engaged and connected to the text.

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  • 33. 

    an emotionally violent, verbal enunciation or attack using strong, abusive language

    • A.

      Mood

    • B.

      Pathos

    • C.

      Invective

    • D.

      Wit

    Correct Answer
    C. Invective
    Explanation
    Invective refers to an emotionally violent and verbally abusive attack that involves the use of strong, abusive language. It is a form of communication that aims to harm or belittle the recipient through harsh and offensive words. This term accurately describes the given definition and is the correct answer.

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  • 34. 

    anaphora

    • A.

      The use of several conjunctions in close succession, especially where some might be omitted

    • B.

      The use of several conjunctions in close succession, especially where some might be omitted

    • C.

      A succession of clauses of approximately equal length and corresponding structure

    • D.

      A sub-type of parallelism, when the exact repetition of words or phrases at the beginning of successive lines or sentences.

    Correct Answer
    D. A sub-type of parallelism, when the exact repetition of words or phrases at the beginning of successive lines or sentences.
    Explanation
    Anaphora is a sub-type of parallelism where there is an exact repetition of words or phrases at the beginning of successive lines or sentences. This repetition creates emphasis and rhythm in the text, making it more memorable and impactful. It is often used in poetry, speeches, and other forms of literature to create a powerful effect on the reader or listener.

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  • 35. 

    the use of several conjunctions in close succession, especially where some might be omitted

    Correct Answer
    polysyndeton
    Explanation
    Polysyndeton refers to the use of multiple conjunctions in a sentence or phrase, even when some of them could be omitted. This rhetorical device is used to create emphasis, add rhythm, or convey a sense of urgency or importance. By repeating conjunctions, the writer or speaker aims to make each item in a list or series stand out, highlighting their significance. Polysyndeton can also create a sense of abundance or excess, intensifying the impact of the words or ideas being presented.

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  • 36. 

    Lack of conjunction

    Correct Answer
    asyndenton
    Explanation
    Asyndeton refers to the deliberate omission of conjunctions in a sentence or phrase. This technique is used to create a sense of urgency, speed, or to emphasize individual elements. In the context of "lack of conjunction," it suggests that the sentence or phrase lacks the use of conjunctions intentionally. This omission can add a sense of directness or brevity to the writing, making it more impactful and concise.

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  • 37. 

    Prose

    • A.

      In literature, the perspective from which a story is told

    • B.

      One of the major divisions of genre, prose refers to fiction and nonfiction, including all its forms

    • C.

      The major category into which a literary work fits

    • D.

      A figure of speech using deliberate exaggeration or overstatement.

    Correct Answer
    B. One of the major divisions of genre, prose refers to fiction and nonfiction, including all its forms
    Explanation
    The given answer is correct because it accurately defines prose as one of the major divisions of genre. It further explains that prose refers to both fiction and nonfiction, encompassing all its forms. This definition aligns with the understanding that prose is a type of writing that uses ordinary language and does not have a specific structure or rhyme scheme, making it distinct from poetry.

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  • 38. 

    In literature, the perspective from which a story is told

    Correct Answer
    Point of View
    Explanation
    Point of view refers to the narrative perspective from which a story is told. It determines the narrator's relationship to the events and characters in the story. The point of view can be first person, where the narrator is a character in the story and tells the events from their own perspective. It can also be third person, where the narrator is an outside observer and tells the story from the perspective of one or multiple characters. The choice of point of view affects the reader's understanding and interpretation of the story.

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  • 39. 

    A work that closely imitates the style or content of another with the specific aim of comic effect and/or ridicule.

    • A.

      Wit

    • B.

      Parallel structure

    • C.

      Parody

    • D.

      Satire

    Correct Answer
    C. Parody
    Explanation
    Parody refers to a work that mimics the style or content of another in order to create a comic effect or ridicule. It involves imitating the original work in a humorous or exaggerated way, often to highlight its flaws or to make a satirical commentary. Parody is different from satire, which uses humor to criticize society or individuals. It is also different from wit, which refers to clever and humorous remarks. Parallel structure, on the other hand, pertains to the repetition of grammatical patterns in a sentence or paragraph.

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  • 40. 

    From the Greek for "orator," this term describes the principles governing the art of writing effectively, eloquently, and persuasively.

    • A.

      Pathos

    • B.

      Homily

    • C.

      Rhetoric

    • D.

      Satire

    Correct Answer
    C. Rhetoric
    Explanation
    Rhetoric is the correct answer because it refers to the principles that guide effective and persuasive writing. The term comes from the Greek word for "orator," indicating its connection to public speaking and the art of persuasion. Rhetoric involves using language and techniques to communicate ideas and arguments in a compelling and convincing manner. It encompasses various strategies such as logical reasoning, emotional appeal, and stylistic devices. By understanding rhetoric, writers can craft their messages to engage and persuade their audience effectively.

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  • 41. 

    The opposite of anaphora, repetition at the end of successive clauses. “They saw no evil, they spoke no evil, and they heard no evil.”

    Correct Answer
    Epistrophe
    Explanation
    Epistrophe is a rhetorical device that involves the repetition of a word or phrase at the end of successive clauses or sentences. In the given example, the phrase "they" is repeated at the end of each clause, creating a rhythmic and emphatic effect. This repetition emphasizes the idea that the subject (in this case, "they") did not engage in any form of evil. Therefore, the correct answer is Epistrophe.

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  • 42. 

    A work that targets human vices and follies or social institutions and conventions for reform or ridicule.

    • A.

      Conotation

    • B.

      Satire

    • C.

      Sarcasm

    • D.

      Wit

    Correct Answer
    B. Satire
    Explanation
    Satire is the correct answer because it refers to a type of work that aims to criticize and mock human vices, follies, social institutions, and conventions in order to bring about reform or ridicule. Satire often uses humor, irony, and exaggeration to highlight the flaws and shortcomings of individuals or society. It is a form of social commentary that seeks to provoke thought and reflection by exposing and satirizing the absurdities and contradictions of the human condition.

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  • 43. 

    The branch of linguistics that studies the meaning of words, their historical and psychological development, their connotations, and their relation to one another.

    • A.

      Semantics

    • B.

      Figure of speech

    • C.

      Prose

    • D.

      Denotation

    Correct Answer
    A. Semantics
    Explanation
    Semantics is the branch of linguistics that focuses on the study of word meanings, including their historical and psychological development, their connotations, and their relationships with other words. It aims to understand how words convey meaning and how they are interpreted in different contexts. Semantics plays a crucial role in understanding language and communication, as it helps to explain the nuances and subtleties of word usage and interpretation.

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  • 44. 

    From the Greek for "reckoning together," a ______________ is a deductive system of formal logic that presents two premises (the first one called "major" and the second, "minor") that inevitably lead to a sound conclusion. Ex.: major Premise: All men are mortal.minor premise: Socrates is a man. conclusiontherefore, Socrates is mortal.

    Correct Answer
    syllogism
    Explanation
    A syllogism is a deductive system of formal logic that presents two premises, a major premise and a minor premise, that inevitably lead to a sound conclusion. In this example, the major premise is "All men are mortal" and the minor premise is "Socrates is a man." The conclusion, therefore, is "Socrates is mortal." A syllogism follows a specific structure and uses logical reasoning to draw conclusions based on the given premises.

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  • 45. 

    an artful variation from expected modes of expression of thoughts and ideas., a use of he word in a sense other than its proper or literal one.

    • A.

      Denotation

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Trope

    Correct Answer
    D. Trope
    Explanation
    Trope is the correct answer because it refers to an artful variation from expected modes of expression of thoughts and ideas. It is a use of a word in a sense other than its proper or literal one. Tropes are commonly used in literature and rhetoric to create vivid and imaginative descriptions, making the language more engaging and expressive.

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  • 46. 

    The ironic minimizing of fact…presents something as less significant than it is. The opposite of hyperbole, but like it in creating emphasis.

    Correct Answer
    Understatement
    Explanation
    Understatement is a figure of speech that downplays the significance or importance of something. It is the opposite of hyperbole, which exaggerates for emphasis. In this context, the ironic minimizing of fact is used to present something as less significant than it actually is, creating emphasis through understatement.

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  • 47. 

    the opposition or contrast of ideas; the direct opposite.

    • A.

      Parallelism

    • B.

      Oxymoron

    • C.

      Antithesis

    • D.

      Paradox

    Correct Answer
    C. Antithesis
    Explanation
    Antithesis refers to the opposition or contrast of ideas, presenting them in a parallel structure. It involves the use of contrasting words, phrases, or clauses to emphasize the differences between two ideas. This rhetorical device is often used to create a dramatic effect or to highlight the significance of the contrasting elements. Unlike a paradox, which may seem contradictory but holds some truth, antithesis directly opposes and contrasts two ideas.

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  • 48. 

    a verbal description, the purpose of which is to exaggerate or distort, for comic effect, a person’s distinctive physical features or other characteristics.

    Correct Answer
    Caricature
    Explanation
    A caricature is a form of artistic expression that involves exaggerating or distorting a person's physical features or characteristics for comedic effect. It is a verbal description that aims to capture the essence of a person's unique traits in a humorous and exaggerated way. Caricatures are often used in cartoons, illustrations, and other forms of visual art to create a humorous portrayal of individuals or situations.

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  • 49. 

    Litote

    • A.

      A form of understatement that involves making an affirmative point by denying its opposite. _________ is the opposite of hyperbole. Examples: “Not a bad idea,” “Not many,” “It isn’t very serious. I have this tiny little tumor on the brain”

    • B.

      When one kind of sensory stimulus evokes the subjective experience of another.

    • C.

      A statement that appears to be self-contradictory or opposed to common sense but upon closer inspection contains some degree of truth or validity.

    • D.

      A figure of speech in which a part of something is used to represent the whole or, occasionally, the whole is used to represent a part.

    Correct Answer
    A. A form of understatement that involves making an affirmative point by denying its opposite. _________ is the opposite of hyperbole. Examples: “Not a bad idea,” “Not many,” “It isn’t very serious. I have this tiny little tumor on the brain”
    Explanation
    Litote is a form of understatement where an affirmative point is made by denying its opposite. It is the opposite of hyperbole, which is an exaggeration. Litote is used to downplay or soften the impact of a statement by using negative language. Examples of litote include phrases like "Not a bad idea," "Not many," or "It isn't very serious. I have this tiny little tumor on the brain."

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  • 50. 

    a figure of speech in which a part of something is used to represent the whole or, occasionally, the whole is used to represent a part.

    Correct Answer
    synecdoche
    Explanation
    A synecdoche is a figure of speech where a part of something is used to represent the whole or vice versa. This literary device is commonly used in language to create a more vivid or impactful image or to convey a deeper meaning. It allows the writer or speaker to make a statement or convey an idea in a more concise and memorable way.

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