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Ch 13: Compass Writing Test: Rhetorical Devices

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Gain a better understanding of rhetorical devices in writing by watching these entertaining video lessons. Study the lessons carefully and memorize the bolded keywords in the transcripts as you prepare for the Compass e-Write test.

Compass Writing Test: Rhetorical Devices - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will learn how to improve your writing by adding stylistic elements to your prose. You will need to know about rhetorical devices on the Compass e-Write test, since by including these devices in your responses you will be simultaneously proving your ability to write eloquent arguments. After you complete this chapter, you should know more about the following:

  • Cliches and equivocations
  • Metaphors, allusion and illusion
  • Personification
  • Types of irony
  • Literary motifs
  • Catharsis and allegory
  • Consonance and assonance
  • Understatement, euphemisms and litotes
  • Symbolism, imagery, tone and mood

Our video lessons provide visual and audio information, allowing learners to see and hear the important points of each lesson. Furthermore, the lessons are broken down into short, easy-to-follow segments, which avoids information overload. Viewers can watch all the video lessons within a chapter, and they can also read each lesson's transcript to enrich their study sessions. Try using the timelines to skip around between major topics as well. If you are still nervous about taking the Compass e-Write test, try building your confidence by answering the questions in our lesson quizzes and on the chapter exam.

Compass Writing Test: Rhetorical Devices Objectives

The Compass e-Write test measures how well you can apply the rules of writing as you create your own written responses. Some colleges require you to take this exam alongside the writing skills exam, but some institutions may prefer to test only your actual ability to write. On this test, your written response will be judged on such factors as your ability to organize your thoughts, the quality of the content you present, and your use of style, which includes your ability to use rhetorical devices correctly.

16 Lessons in Chapter 13: Compass Writing Test: Rhetorical Devices
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

1. 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.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

2. 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.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

3. 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.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

4. 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.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

5. 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.

Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples

6. Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples

Would you lend your ears for a moment (or at least your eyeballs)? This lesson will explain what synecdoche and metonymy mean and how to spot them in a piece of prose or poetry.

Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

7. 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.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

8. 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.

What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

9. 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.

What is Catharsis? - Definition, Examples & History in Literature and Drama

10. What is Catharsis? - Definition, Examples & History in Literature and Drama

In this lesson, learn about catharsis, a purging of feelings that occurs when audiences have strong emotional reactions to a work of literature. Explore examples of literary works which lead to catharsis, including tragedies.

Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

11. 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.

Consonance, Assonance, and Repetition: Definitions & Examples

12. Consonance, Assonance, and Repetition: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson, explore the different ways authors repeat consonant and vowel sounds in their literary works. Learn about how writers use repeated words and phrases with well-known examples.

Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples

13. Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples

In this lesson, explore the use of understatement as a way to draw attention to a specific quality or to add humor. Learn about litotes, a specific form of understatement, and discover examples from literature.

Euphemism: Definition & Examples

14. Euphemism: Definition & Examples

This lesson defines euphemisms, alternate language used in place of offensive language or when discussing taboo topics. Explore some examples of euphemisms in everyday language and well-known examples from literature.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

15. 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.

Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose

16. Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose

In this lesson, learn the difference between the tone and the mood of a piece of prose. Explore examples of how tone and mood are conveyed by authors through word choice and telling details.

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