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Ch 12: PSAT Reading: Literary Terms

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Review the elements of literary terms to prepare for the PSAT exam. Video lessons and quizzes incorporate all of the elements of the literary terms section in a simple and clear manner.

PSAT Reading: Literary Terms - Chapter Summary

Our video lessons provide insight regarding literary terms and concepts that appear on the PSAT critical reading test. These literary terms lessons educate you in:

  • Identifying themes, motifs, symbolism, imagery, metaphors and similes
  • Understanding the different types of irony
  • How to use allusion and illusion, clichés, paradoxes, equivocations, personification and apostrophes
  • Differentiating the types of point of view
  • Defining foreshadowing and allegory

After using our video lessons, you will be able to successfully answer questions covering literary terms on the PSAT critical reading test. Our training materials are offered through easy-to-understand, brief video lessons that are coupled with assessment quizzes. These quizzes provide immediate feedback that point to concepts you may want to study more in depth. Quiz results are used to indicate your preparedness to take the PSAT.

PSAT Critical Reading Objectives

When taking the PSAT critical reading test, you will find that there are 13 sentence completion and 35 critical reading questions across two sections, each with 25-minute time limits. The PSAT was conceived to help people, like you, become familiar with the SAT format and to identify concepts that you may be struggling with. You can also use your PSAT scores to determine whether or not you are ready to take the SAT.

Since the PSAT is cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), PSAT test takers have the opportunity to utilize the NMSC's tools for college and career planning. By scoring high on the PSAT, you may be selected by the NMSC to participate in their scholarship programs.

11 Lessons in Chapter 12: PSAT Reading: Literary Terms
What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

1. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

2. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

3. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

4. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

5. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

6. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.

Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

7. Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

Learn about cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations, and how they can weaken or strengthen certain types of writing. Explore examples of all three from literature and daily life.

Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

8. Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe, or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

9. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

10. Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

Learn about allegories and how stories can be used to deliver messages, lessons or even commentaries on big concepts and institutions. Explore how allegories range from straightforward to heavily-veiled and subtle.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

11. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

Learn how point of view, or the angle from which a story is told, impacts the narrative voice of a work of literature. Explore, through examples, how point of view can be limited, objective, or omniscient.

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