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Literature Terms Vocabulary Practice (page 3)

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Updated on Sep 8, 2011

Crossword Puzzle

Choose the word from the vocabulary list that best fits into the crossword puzzle. You can check your answers at the end of the chapter following the answers to the questions.

Terms Relating To Language And Literature

Answers

Words in Context

After reading this paragraph, we understand one literary critic's opinion of new novelist Jane Jackson's prose. We understand that prose refers to the novelist's writing: written text as opposed to metrical poetry (Jackson is a novelist, not a poet). We are also privy to a direct experience the critic had with the novelist herself. The critic shares this anecdote, or story-like episode, in order to convey the irony, or unlikelihood, of Jackson being more critical of her own work than any other reader. We are able to recognize archetype as meaning ideal or standard both because of the way the critic refers to it as a model of what "good prose" should have, and also because the word is used in conjunction with the word standard, a synonym for archetype. The three literary terms—anthropomorphism, protagonist, and satire—may be understood in context as the critic explains how they specifically relate to the novelist's prose. Jackson evidently writes about a storm that possesses human qualities (anthropomorphism) and, in fact, this animated storm operates as the main character (protagonist). The critic also describes Jackson's latest novel as a satire: a text that exposes and mocks dating in the big city.

Sentence Completion

  1. anecdote. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  2. etymology. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  3. construe. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  4. epigram. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  5. anthropomorphism. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  6. personification. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  7. archetype. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  8. pun. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  9. rhetoric. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  10. soliloquy. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  11. aphorism. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  12. deduce. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  13. irony. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  14. onomatopoeia. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  15. infer. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  16. perspective. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  17. protagonist. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  18. trite. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  19. prose. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.
  20. satire. If you got this question wrong, refer back to the word's definition.

Synonyms

  1. b. statement. An archetype is an original model after which other things are patterned, so statement, simply something that is said or put forth, would not be a synonym.
  2. c. fastest player. A protagonist is the main character in a drama or other literary work. In ancient Greek drama, a protagonist is the first actor to engage in dialogue. A protagonist is also a champion or leader of a cause.Speed has little to do with a protagonist's centrality; therefore, fastest player would not be a synonym.
  3. b. prescription. Perspective is a mental outlook, point of view, or the ability to perceive things as they actually relate to one another. Prescription is the establishment of a claim up front: literally, written beforehand, and would not be a synonym.
  4. a. depressing language. Prose is ordinary speech or writing, without metrical structure. It is also a term used to denote commonplace expression. That language may be depressing does not define it as prose. Thus, depressing language would not be a synonym.
  5. e. powerful understanding. A pun is wordplay, sometimes on different senses of the same word and sometimes on the similar sense or sound of different words. Powerful understanding would not be a synonym.
  6. a. classical text. A satire is a literary work in which human folly or vice is attacked through wit or irony. A text's being considered a classic does not make it a satire. Therefore, classical text would not be a synonym.
  7. c. powerful. When language is trite, it lacks power to evoke interest because of its overuse or repetition. Powerful is in fact the opposite of trite and thus would not be a synonym.
  8. d. euphemism. An aphorism is a brief statement of truth or opinion: Adage and maxim are essentially synonymous with aphorism while a euphemism is a nice way of saying something that may be offensive. Euphemism is not a synonym for aphorism.
  9. b. compare. To deduce is to reach a conclusion by reasoning or to infer from a general principle. Comparison—considering two things in terms of each other—is not a matter of deductive reasoning. Therefore, compare would not be a synonym.
  10. a. to go against. To construe is to explain the meaning of, to interpret, or to analyze the structure of a sentence, for example. This does not mean to go against. It is not a synonym for construe.
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