Ch 3: Literary Terms: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Literary Terms chapter of this CAHSEE English Exam Help and Review course is the simplest way to master literary terms. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of literary terms.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering literary terms material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn about literary terms. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding points of view or literary terms
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about high school English (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about literary terms
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra high school English learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Literary Terms chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Literary Terms chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any high school English question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a literary terms unit of a standard CAHSEE English exam course. Topics covered include:

  • Foreshadowing
  • Catharsis
  • Allegories
  • Assonance, consonance and repetition
  • Irony
  • Euphemism
  • Imagery and symbolism

24 Lessons in Chapter 3: Literary Terms: Help and Review
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What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

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.

Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples

2. 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.

Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

3. 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

4. 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

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.

What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

7. 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.

Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

8. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

9. 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.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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.

Characterization: Definition & Examples

17. Characterization: Definition & Examples

How do you know whom you trust or would like to be friends with? You've probably gotten to know them over the years, and you can get acquainted with the same process in literature in this lesson with someone you're probably already quite familiar with!

Deductive Validity: Definition & Examples

18. Deductive Validity: Definition & Examples

Deductive validity is a term for an argument that holds up logically and has factual information. Learn more about deductive validity's definition and see some examples of how deductive validity can help us analyze whether or not an argument is well-made!

Literary Style: Definition & Examples

19. Literary Style: Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in understanding all components of literary style found in literature and how they can be applied to your writing. Learn more about literary style and test your understanding through a quiz.

Novella: Definition & Overview

20. Novella: Definition & Overview

Don't want to commit to a full-length novel but want more substance than a short story? In this lesson, learn what constitutes a novella, how they differ from their literary counterparts, and check out a few acclaimed novellas that you've most likely heard of.

Tropes: Definition & Explanation

21. Tropes: Definition & Explanation

Tropes are figures of speech that usher in a change or turn of meaning in writing. Check out a comprehensive definition and lesson about tropes, and then examine your knowledge with a quiz.

Verbal Irony in Literature: Definition & Examples

22. Verbal Irony in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define verbal irony as we use it in everyday life and its use in literature, look at the different kinds of verbal irony and then study some examples in different literary genres. Afterward, test your new knowledge with a quick quiz.

What is the Past Tense in English? - Examples & Overview

23. What is the Past Tense in English? - Examples & Overview

In this lesson, we examine the various forms of the past tense in English, including simple past tense, past-progressive, past-perfect, and past-perfect-progressive.

Tone & Mood Literary Words: Definitions & Examples

24. Tone & Mood Literary Words: Definitions & Examples

Tone and mood are two important literary terms that shape the message of a piece of writing. Read this lesson to review examples of each to gain a better understanding of their definition and usage.

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