Final Exam

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  1. Bildungsroman
    a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist
  2. Byronic Hero
    A kind of hero found in several of the works of Lord Byron. Like Byron himself, a Byronic hero is a melancholy and rebellious young man, distressed by a terrible wrong he committed in the past.
  3. Gothic Fiction
    a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance
  4. Alliteration
    the commencement of two or more stressed syllables of a word group either with the same consonant sound or sound group
  5. Assonance
    resemblance of sounds
  6. Connotation
    the associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression in addition to its explicit or primary meaning
  7. Denotation
    the explicit or direct meaning or set of meanings of a word or expression, as distinguished from the ideas or meanings associated with it or suggested by it
  8. Diction
    style of speaking or writing as dependent upon choice of words
  9. Figure of Speech
    any expressive use of language, as a metaphor, simile, personification, or antithesis, in which words are used in other than their literal sense, or in other than their ordinary locutions, in order to suggest a picture or image or for other special effect
  10. Free Verse
    verse that does not follow a fixed metrical pattern
  11. Hyperbole
    obvious and intentional exaggeration
  12. Idiom
    an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements, as kick the bucket or hang one's head, or from the general grammatical rules of a language, as the table round for the round table, and that is not a constituent of a larger expression of like characteristics
  13. Imagery
    the formation of mental images, figures, or likenesses of things, or of such images collectively
  14. Lyric Poem
    a short poem of songlike quality
  15. Meter
    the basic rhythmic structure of a verse or lines in verse
  16. Trochee
    a foot of two syllables, a long followed by a short in quantitative meter, or a stressed followed by an unstressed in accentual meter
  17. Anapest
    a foot of three syllables, two short followed by one long in quantitative meter, and two unstressed followed by one stressed in accentual meter
  18. Dactyl
    a foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short in quantitative meter, or one stressed followed by two unstressed in accentual meter
  19. Spondee
    a foot of two syllables, both of which are long in quantitative meter or stressed in accentual meter
  20. Foot
    the basic metrical unit that generates a line of verse in most Western traditions of poetry
  21. Metaphors
    a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance without using like or as
  22. Mood
    a distinctive emotional quality or character
  23. Ode
    a lyric poem typically of elaborate or irregular metrical form and expressive of exalted or enthusiastic emotion
  24. Oxymoron
    a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect
  25. Onomatopoeia
    the formation of a word, as cuckoo or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent
  26. Paradox
    a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth
  27. Personification
    the attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions, especially as a rhetorical figure
  28. Prose Poem
    a composition written as prose but having the concentrated, rhythmic, figurative language characteristic of poetry
  29. Quatrain
    a stanza or poem of four lines, usually with alternate rhymes
  30. Rhyme
    identity in sound of some part, especially the end, of words or lines of verse
  31. Rhyme Scheme
    the pattern of rhymes used in a poem, usually marked by letters to symbolize correspondences
  32. Simile
    a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared using as
  33. Sonnet
    a poem, properly expressive of a single, complete thought, idea, or sentiment, of 14 lines, usually in iambic pentameter, with rhymes arranged according to one of certain definite schemes, being in the strict or Italian form divided into a major group of 8 lines (the octave) followed by a minor group of 6 lines (the sestet), and in a common English form into 3 quatrains followed by a couplet
  34. Couplet
    a pair of successive lines of verse, especially a pair that rhyme and are of the same length
  35. Stanza
    an arrangement of a certain number of lines, usually four or more, sometimes having a fixed length, meter, or rhyme scheme, forming a division of a poem
  36. Tone
    any sound considered with reference to its quality, pitch, strength, source
  37. Aside
    a part of an actor's lines supposedly not heard by others on the stage and intended only for the audience
  38. Dialogue
    the conversation between characters in a novel, drama
  39. Protagonist
    the leading character, hero, or heroine of a drama or other literary work
  40. Antagonist
    a person who is opposed to, struggles against, or competes with another; opponent; adversary
  41. Monologue
    a form of dramatic entertainment, comedic solo, or the like by a single speaker
  42. Soliloquy
    an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present
  43. Symbol
    something used for or regarded as representing something else; a material object representing something, often something immaterial; emblem, token, or sign
  44. Tragedy
    a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction
  45. Tragic Hero
    a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy
  46. Tragic Flaw
    the character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy; hamartia
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Final Exam
2011-05-30 17:38:01
English 2H

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