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5 Written Questions
5 Matching Questions
- In medias res
- a A kind of repetition in which a word or phrase coming last or in another important place in one sentence or line is repeated at the beginning of the next
- b Literally a manifestation or showing-forth, usually of some divine being
- c An indispensable part of all fiction and drama
- d The belief that all ostensible acts of the will are actually the result of causes that determine them...determinism has a wise range of philosophical possibilities, and the potential determining forces are many. In classical literature it may be fate or necessity
- e A term from Horace, literally meaning "in the midst of things." It is applied to literary technique of opening a story in the middle of action and then supplying information about the beginning of the action through flashbacks and other devices of exposition....applied to the epic.
5 Multiple Choice Questions
- This kind of conceit used by Petrarch in his love sonnets and widely imitated or ridiculed by Renaissance English sonneteers. It rests on exaggerated comparisons expressing the beauty, cruelty, and charm of the beloved and the suffering of the forlorn lover.
- The doctrine that supposedly primitive peoples, because they had remained closer to nature and had been less subject to the influences of society, were nobler than civilized peoples
- A figure of speech that makes brief reference to a historical or literary figure, event, or object.
- An introduction most frequently associated with drama and especially common in England in the plays of the Restoration and the 18th century
- A "reducing to absurdity" to show the falsity of an argument or position
5 True/False Questions
Prose → During Middle Ages and early Renaisaance, the honorific verse was reserved for poetry in the classical style: quantitatively scanned and unrhymed
Putative author → A process of reasoning from data to conclusions [Poe]...signifies a type of writing that solves, through logical processes, some sort of enigma (detective story)
Synopsis → A summary of main points of a composition so made as to show the relation of parts to the whole
Persona → Used to designate the types or categories into which the literary works are grouped according to form, technique, or sometimes, subject matter (ex: tragedy, comedy epic, lyric, pastoral, etc.)
Dionysian → Originally the term...almost synonymous with "concept" or "conception," implied something conceived in the mind. Its later application to a type of poetic metaphor retains original sense, in that conceit implies ingenuity (Petrarcan conventions)