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The Unofficial AP English Language and Composition Vocabulary Guide Week 23

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narrative
1. recounting events, as in a story [noun]
narrative
2. a book or part of a written work containing storytelling [noun]
narrative
3. consisting of or pertaining to the type of narration [adjective]
narrative device
1. the storyteller's tools, or devices, used at a crucial time to get a specified response from the reader or audience; ~s can be used in both fiction and nonfiction writing
narrator
1. a person who recounts events; a storyteller
narrator
2. a person who speaks or tells the story, either aloud or in writing
stream-of-consciousness narration
1. a more contemporary form of narration that exposes the narrator's thoughts, feelings, and inner desires in a run-on interior monologue that, based on its syntax and structure, may be hard to follow
unreliable narration
1. a narrator in a story whose credibility is compromised, usually for the purpose of deceiving the audience, created either by storyline clues toward his or her unreliability (such as signs of mental illness) or a twist ending that forces the reader to reconsider the point of view that has been presented throughout the entire story
retrospection
1. mentally recalling past events, particularly personal events, often for the purpose of understanding
setting
1. the environment
setting
2. a jewel's mount
setting
3. a group of articles, as in China or silverware
setting
4. in writing, the locale for a story or narration
setting
5. in theater, the scenery
epigraph
1. an inscription on a pedestal, base, statue, or building
epigraph
2. the opening of a book or chapter, often a quote, that gives the reader the idea of the
theme
foil
1. to frustrate and prevent success [verb]
foil
2. thin sheets of metal [noun]
flashback
1. a story device where the chronological timeline of the piece is interrupted by a
return to a scene or event at a previous time
enmity
1. deep-rooted hostility (ill-will, hatred, animosity)
heinous
1. hatefully monstrous, shockingly terrible, wickedly scandalous (atrocious)
malfeasance
1. illegal wrongdoing, particularly of an official or person in authority
SOAPSTone Strategy
1. An acronym for "Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone" created by Ogden Morse that stands for a series of questions for students to ask and answer
when planning a composition or essay
despotic
1. tyrannical (dictatorial, authoritarian)
voluble
1. talking with ease (glib, verbose, articulate, talkative, garrulous, loquacious)
redolent
1. having a pleasant smell
redolent
2. reminiscent of
anomalous
1. not ordinary; differing from the common rule or form
anomalous
2. not fitting common classification (unexpected, irregular, strange, abnormal)
abstruse
1. hard to understand (puzzling, perplexing, complex, obscure, ambiguous)
abstruse
2. profound (mysterious)
capricious
1. unpredictably changeable (fickle, unreliable, erratic, impulsive, whimsical)
derelict
1. abandoned and dilapidated (ruined, neglected, deserted) [adjective]
derelict
2. a homeless social outcast (vagrant) [noun]
derelict
3. a person guilty of neglect of their obligations [noun]
exonerate
1. to clear from blame, guilt, or accusation, often from a criminal charge
expunge
1. to block out, wipe out, or obliterate (erase, delete)
cajole
1. coax or persuade (wheedle, entice, sweet-talk)
emulate
1. imitate (copy)
emulate
2. to successfully compete with or be equal to