How can we help?

You can also find more resources in our Help Center.

EOCT American Literature and Composition

Study guide for the Georgia EOCT for American Literature and Composition for ninth graders
STUDY
PLAY
Language
our spoken, or written words and the ways we combine them to communicate meaning.
Figurative Language
Writing or speech that is used to create vivid impressions by setting up comparisons between dissimilar things, and is not to be taken literally
Imagery
a word or group of words in a literary work which appeal to one or more of the senses: sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smell
Symbolism
When a object represents more than just itself
Rhyme Scheme
the pattern of rhyme throughout a poem represented with letters; used to lend a certain rhythm to the poem
Metaphor
A figure of speech that associates two distinct things, the representation of one thing by another, without the use of "like", or "as"
Simile
a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')
Personification
a type of figurative language in which a nonhuman subject is given human characteristics
Alliteration
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
Onomatopeia
formation or use of words that imitate sounds of the actions they refer to
Hyperbole
a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
Plot
sequence of events in a literary work
Exposition
a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic
Complications
the problems that come up during a story as characters try to resolve the conflict
Rising Action
Refers to the plot structure leading up to the climax through speaking and writing
Climax
the point of highest interest in a literary work
Denouement
the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work
Falling Action
Events that occur after the climax on the way to denouement
Resolution
the final unraveling or solution of the plot
Mood
the overall emotion created by a work of literature
Irony
incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
Situational Irony
what actually happens is the opposite of what is expected or appropriate
Verbal Irony
A figure of speech in which what is said is the opposite of what is meant
Dramatic Irony
When the audience knows something that the characters in the drama do not