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Figurative Language - Chapter Summary
Learn the difference between allusion and illusion and explore types of irony through this online chapter on figurative language. This set of video lessons also covers similes and metaphors, as well as the following topics:
- Limited, objective and omniscient narration
- Cliches, paradoxes and equivocations
- Personification and apostrophe
- Types of foreshadowing
Designed by our team of experienced professional educators, this chapter on figurative language can help you prepare for the Comprehensive English Regents exam. It features brief video lessons, most of which can be watched in 5-10 minutes, along with short self-assessment quizzes that you can use to test your knowledge of figurative language. Each video also is accompanied by a written transcript, which could prove particularly beneficial if you learn better by reading material than watching it.
Comprehensive English Regents Exam Objectives
As part of the graduation process, high school students in New York State have to earn a set number of credits in multiple subject areas and pass five Regents exams, including the Comprehensive English Regents exam. This test includes multiple-choice and written-response questions that measure your listening, reading and writing skills. You'll have three hours to complete this four-section exam, which is offered three times a year. You need to earn a score of 65 to receive your Regents Diploma.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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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