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Ch 2: CUNY Assessment Test in Reading: Identifying Literary Meanings

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Let us help you reinforce your understanding of literary meaning and devices used to convey this meaning. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes are a great way to review before taking the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading.

CUNY Assessment Test in Reading: Identifying Literary Meanings - Chapter Summary

Use these lessons to learn or review methods for interpreting literary meaning and identifying the use of specific literary devices in a reading passage to prepare you for related questions on the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading. Video lessons contain helpful examples to support the text and enhance your learning experience. Once you have viewed the lessons and taken the quizzes, you should be adept at:

  • Using specific elements in the text to interpret an author's meaning
  • Defining reasons why an author might have written a text
  • Identifying examples of a topic and an argument in a reading passage
  • Finding words that signal cause and effect structure
  • Explaining metaphor and implied metaphor and how they are used
  • Exploring the use of similes

Helpful features in these lessons include the ability to jump to specific topics and text transcripts that identify key terms in bold. Quizzes can be re-taken as many times as necessary to ensure your full understanding of the material covered in each lesson.

CUNY Assessment Test in Reading: Identifying Literary Meanings Chapter Objectives

The Identifying Literary Meanings chapter is intended to help you strengthen your reading comprehension skills at the first-year college level. Questions in this test focus on text and word meanings, making comparisons and recognizing implied meanings. For this test, you will read between 4-6 passages and answer corresponding multiple-choice questions. A score of 70 or higher indicates proficiency in this area.

This reading test, as well as those in writing and math, are admissions tests administered by the City University of New York (CUNY) to determine a student's academic ability and in what classes they might be placed. These tests are alternatives to the New York Regents or SAT exams.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: CUNY Assessment Test in Reading: Identifying Literary Meanings
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Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

1. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

2. Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

This lesson explains the purpose behind various types of writing. In addition, author's purpose is defined using examples to illustrate the explanations.

Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

3. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.

How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection

4. How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection

Cause and effect structures can be used to describe how an action takes place. This lesson will discuss how to find this structure within a reading selection.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

5. 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.

Implied Metaphor: Definition & Examples

6. Implied Metaphor: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will review the metaphor as a figurative language device. More specifically, you will learn about the implied metaphor using examples to illustrate the concept.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

7. 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.

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