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HiSET Inference and Interpretation - Chapter Summary
Master the correct use of inference and interpretation in literature by using the engaging and effective lessons presented in this chapter. These short video lessons cover inferences, metaphors, similes, cliches, paradoxes and more and show how to use each of them in a way that is engaging and enjoyable. Lessons in this chapter teach you about:
- Methods for inferring meaning
- Analyzing characters in literature
- Using metaphors and similes in literature
- Synecdoche and metonymy
- Cliches, paradoxes and equivocations
- Personification and apostrophe
- Allegory, symbolism and imagery in literature
- Recognizing and using oxymorons
- Interpreting figures of speech
The lessons in this chapter review the basic rules for using each of these different dimensions of inference and interpretation and feature quizzes to test your comprehension of each topic. The various components are explained step-by-step and come with examples so that you will be able to understand each one and how it is used in literature.
HiSET Inference and Interpretation Objectives
The HiSET is a high-school equivalency exam that tests your knowledge of high-school academics. The Language Arts - Reading section of the test consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that measure your ability to analyze, interpret and understand a broad array of literary and informational texts. These lessons help you prepare for the inference and interpretation process category on the HiSET exam, which is one of four categories you'll be tested on. The Language Arts - Reading section of the HiSET exam presents passages of text followed by multiple-choice questions about the passage.
1. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning
In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.
2. Drawing Inferences in Fiction
In this lesson, we will discuss inferences in fiction. We will talk about what an inference is, learn how to make one and practice drawing inferences with some writing samples.
3. How to Analyze Characters in Literature: Explanation and Examples
In this lesson, we will learn to analyze characters in literature by comprehending, interpreting and drawing conclusions about each character. We will look at a story to practice analyzing characters.
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.
5. 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.
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.
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.
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.
9. 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.
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.
11. 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.
12. How to Recognize and Use Oxymorons
In this lesson, we will define the figure of speech called an oxymoron and look at several examples. We will then discuss how to recognize oxymorons and use them correctly in writing.
13. Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context
Figures of speech can add humor or drama to any situation, but you have to understand what they mean in order to connect the dots. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to interpret figures of speech, such as verbal irony, puns, idioms, and hyperbole.
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Other chapters within the HiSET Language Arts - Reading: Prep and Practice course
- HiSET: Reading Comprehension
- HiSET: Literary Analysis
- HiSET: American Literature - Literary Analysis
- HiSET: British Literature - Literary Analysis
- HiSET: Analyzing Key Ideas of Nonfiction & Informational Text
- HiSET: Nonfiction & Informational Text Skills Practice
- HiSET: Synthesis & Generalization
- HiSET Language Arts - Reading Flashcards