Analysis Questions – Some Tips

Re: Questions

2 types of lists
There are two kinds of lists:
• closed lists
• open lists.

Difference between denotation connotation.

Imagery
• Simile
1 Identify or quote the simile you are dealing with.
2 Show how the literal and the figurative come together to create an effect.
3 Say what the effect is.

• Metaphor
1 Identify or quote the metaphor you are dealing with.
2 Show how the literal and the figurative come together to create an effect.
3 Say what the effect is.

• Personification.
1 Identify or quote the personification you are dealing with.
2 Show how the literal and the figurative meanings merge to create an effect.
3 Say what the effect is.

• Metonymy
1 You identify and quote the phrase.
2 You look at the difference between the literal and the figurative meanings.
3 You comment on its effect.

• Symbolism.

Structure:
1 First words in paragraphs can act as signposts.
2 The topic sentences of the paragraphs will help you through the argument of the passage.
3 The links between paragraphs (which might be first words or topic sentences) are also helpful.

1 Punctuation and lists
1 Identify the list.
2 Say what effect that list has on the reader.
3 The effect will often be created by the cumulative nature, or the monotony, or the shape of the list.

2 Length of sentence
3 Use of climax or anticlimax
4 Repetition
• repetition in sentence structure
• repetition of expressions or words
• repetition of sounds.

5 Word order

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