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5 Matching questions

  1. Personification
  2. Deconstruction
  3. Argument
  4. Theme
  5. Comic Relief
  1. a a critical approach that debunks single definitions of meaning based on the instability of language. It "is not a dismantling of a structure of a text, but a demonstration that it has already dismantled itself."
  2. b the inclusion of a humorous character or scene to contrast with the tragic elements of a work, thereby intensifying the next tragic event.
  3. c A single assertion or a series of assertions presented and defended by the writer
  4. d The central idea or message of a work, the insight it offers into life. Usually, __ is unstated in fictional works, but in nonfiction, the __ may be directly stated, especially in expository or argumentative writing.
  5. e The assigning of human qualities to inanimate objects or concepts. An example: Wordsworth's "the sea that bares her bosom to the moon."

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. can refer to two different areas of writing. One refers to the relationship between a sentence's subject and verb (active and passive). The second refers to the total "sound" of the writer's style.
  2. From the Greek for "reckoning together," a __ is a deductive system of formal logic that presents two premises that inevitably lead to a sound conclusion.
  3. A work that closely imitates the style or content of another with the specific aim of comic effect and/or ridicule.
  4. a word or phrase that links one idea to the next and carries the reader from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph.
  5. In this type of irony, the words literally state the opposite of the writer's true meaning

5 True/False questions

  1. Antithesisthe presentation of two contrasting images. The ideas are balanced by phrase, clause, or paragraphs. "To be or not to be . . ." "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times . . ." "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country . . ."


  2. CumulativeA work that targets human vices and follies or social institutions and convention for reform or ridicule. Regardless of whether or not the work aims to reform humans or their society, ___ is best seen as a style of writing rather than a purpose for writing. The effect of __, often humorous, is thought provoking and insightful about the human condition.


  3. Balancethe recreation of regional spoken language, such as a Southern one. Hurston uses this in Their Eyes Were Watching God.


  4. ChiasmusArrangement of repeated thoughts in the pattern of X Y Y X. It is often short and summarizes a main idea.


  5. ExplicationThe purpose of this rhetorical mode is to explain and analyze information by presenting an idea, relevant evidence, and appropriate discussion.