English First Quiz

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Alliteration

from stem to stern/each to all; two or more syllables of a word group or vowel sound that may differ from syllable to syllable

Allegory

spiritual meaning behind concrete ideas.

Allusion

I was surprised his nose wasn't growing like Pinocchio's

Ambiguity

Not straight forward; Poetry is ambiguous

Analogy

Comparison: You are as annoying as nails on a chalk board

Anaphora

repetition of a word or words in the beginning of two or more sentences

Anecdote

Short personal story to give insight on what the person is going to talk about.

Antecedent

prior.

Antithesis

contrast

Aphorism

a terse embodying in a general truth;
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Apostrophe

someone absent or dead or something nonhuman is addressed as if it were alive and present and was
able to reply.

Appositive

Washington, our first president...
placing a word or phrase together

Argument

the author's main point/view.

Assonance

is the repetition of vowel sounds in nearby words. It is used to reinforce the meanings of words or to set the mood.
"Poetry is old, ancient, goes back far. It is among the oldest of living things. So old it is that no man knows how and why the first poems came." the repetitive "o" sound/

Accusatory

charging of wrong doing

Apathetic

indifferent due to lack of energy or concern

Awe

solemn wonder

Bitter

exhibiting strong animosity as a result of pain or grief

Cynical

questions the basic sincerity and goodness of people

Condescension

a feeling of superiority

Callous

unfeeling, insensitive to feelings of others

Contemplative

studying, thinking, reflecting on an issue

Critical

finding fault

Choleric

hot-tempered, easily angered

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