Review for Honors American Literature Semester A

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Review for Honors American Literature Semester A
2011-12-18 12:44:48
Gentry Honors American Literature EHS

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  1. Blank Verse
    Five stresses per line, no rhyme
  2. Foot of Poetry
    A particular combination of stressed and unstressed syllables
  3. Meter
    The rhythmic pattern of the lines in a poem created by the alternation of stressed and unstressed syllables
  4. Folk Tale
    Relates unlikely or unrealistic events in the lives of common people, usually involving stereotypes of stock characters and teaches a lesson or truth about life
  5. Assonance
    Repetition of vowel sounds in the middle of stressed syllables
  6. Consonance
    Repetition of consonant sounds in stressed syllables
  7. Imagery
    Descriptive language producing a visual image
  8. Apostrophe
    A figure of speech in which an absent or dead person, an abstract quality or something inanimate or nonhuman is addressed directly
  9. Allegory
    A tale in prose or verse in which characters, actions or setting represent abstract ideas or moral qualities
  10. Aphorism
    A terse, pointed statement expressing some wise or clever observation about life
  11. Antagonist
    A person or force opposing the protagonist in drama or a narrative
  12. Personification
    Something non-human given human traits
  13. Simile
    Comparison of two unlike things using "like" or "as"
  14. Alliteration
    Repetition of initial consonant sounds
  15. Autobiography
    A person's account of his or her own life
  16. Refrain
    A word, phrase, line or group of lines repeated regularly in a poem
  17. Quatrain
    Usually a stanza or poem of four lines
  18. Elegy
    A poem of mourning, usually over the death of an individual
  19. Biography
    A detailed account of a person's life, written by another person
  20. Onomatopoeia
    Words that imitate sounds like "buzz"
  21. Couplet
    Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme
  22. Exposition
    The kind of writing that is intended primarily to present information
  23. Allusion
    Reference to historical events, person, or works
  24. Journals
    A kind of autobiographical writing, generally a day-to-day record of events in a person's life and of that person's reflections
  25. Plagiarism
    Taking someone else's work and using it as your own
  26. Paradox
    A statement that reveals a kind of truth, although it at first appears to be self-contradictory and untrue
  27. John Smith
    The first man to promote permanent settlement of America; English soldier and adventurer; wrote the General History of Virginia
  28. William Bradford
    Puritan; wrote Of Plymouth Plantation
  29. Squanto
    Native Indian; assisted the pilgrims through their first winter
  30. Anne Bradstreet
    Puritan poet; wrote Upon the Burning of Our House; expressed deep attachment ot her family; also expressed one should not become too attached to earthly belongings
  31. Thomas Jefferson
    Wrote the Declaration of Independence; skillful diplomat, wrote in the Age of Reason
  32. Patrick Henry
    "Give me Liberty, or give me death!" from his speech at the Virginia Convention
  33. Phillis Wheatley
    Slave girl; wrote To His Excellency General Washington; Christian
  34. Crevecoeur
    Wrote Letters from an American Farmer; French
  35. Ben Franklin
    "The First American;" Puritan; Wrote his Autobiography
  36. Thomas Paine
    Wrote American Crisis; Tried to persuade the US to enter the war
  37. John Proctor
    Adulterer; hung
  38. Abigail Williams
    Convinces the town there are witches
  39. Edgar Allan Poe
    Wrote the Raven, the Bells
  40. William Cullen Bryant
    Wrote Thanatopsis
  41. Washington Irving
    Wrote The Devil and Tom Walker
  42. Arthur Miller
    Wrote the Crucible
  43. James Fennimore Cooper
    Wrote Deerslayer