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NWEA Reading RIT 231-240

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Archetype
A symbol, story pattern, or character type that is found in the literature of many cultures. EX: Children of opposite qualities born of the same parents
Irony
A statement that means the opposite of what it seems to mean.
Juxtaposition
Placement of two things closely together to emphasize comparisons or contrast i.e. telling jokes at a funeral.
Omniscient
The narrator is all-knowing outsider who can enter the minds of more than one of the characters
Oxymoron
conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence')
Paradox
A statement or propositions that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth
Pathetic Fallacy
The attribution of human emotions or characteristics to inanimate objects or to nature; ex: angry clouds: cruel winds
Rhetorical Device
Literary techniques used to heighten the effectiveness of expression i.e. parrellelism, repetition, figurative language, allusion, juxtaposition...
Slovenly
(adj.) untidy, dirty, careless
Standard English
The common Ameirican language, words and grammatical forms that are used and expected in school, business, and other sites
Stereotype
A generalized belief about a group of people
Symbolize
When an object or event represents or stands for something
Syntax
The rules for combining words into grammatically sensible sentences in a given language
adjective clause
A subordinate clause that, like an adjective, modifies a noun or pronoun. Usually it starts with a WHO, WHOM, WHICH and THAT.
adjective phrase
A prepositional phrase that modifies a noun or pronoun by telling what kind or which one.
adverb clause
A subordinate clause that modifies a verb, adjective, or adverb. It answers one of four questions: how, when, where, and why.
ellipsis
The deliberate omission of a word or phrase from prose done for effect by the author.
gerund
A form regularly derived from a verb and functioning as a noun.
italics
printed in or using characters that slope to the right
nominative pronoun
Used as the subject of a sentence or as a predicate pronoun after a linking verb (I, you, he, she, it).
objective pronoun
An objective pronoun acts as the object of a sentence it receives the action of the verb. ex. are her, him, it, me, them, us, and you
supporting evidence
These are the facts or details that back up a main idea, theme, or thesis.
Scansion
The analysis of a poem's meter. This is usually done by marking the stressed and unstressed syllables in each line and then based on the pattern of the stresses dividing the line into feet.
iambic pentameter
in poetry one stressed followed by one unstressed syllable
synecdoche
term meaning one thing is used to refer to a related thing
cliche
phrase that has become overly familiar
antithesis
opposition or contrast
metric feet
specific sequence of syllables in a verse of poetry

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