Puritan Literature Test

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Last updated: May 9, 2019

Allegory
A story or poem in which characters setting and events stand for other people or events or abstract ideas of quality

Allusion
A reference to someone or something that is known from history, literature, religion, politics, sports, science or some other brand of culture

Anapestic
A metrical foot that has two unstressed syllable followed by one stressed.

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Aphorism
Denotes an original thought, spoken or written in a laconic and easily memorable form

Conversion
What Puritans believed was needed in order to receive God’s Grace (an event that results in a transformation)

Covenant of Grace
A binding agreement that Christ made with all who believed in him, and which he sealed with crucifixion promising eternal life

Covenant of Works
Promise that God made to Adam that as long as Adam obeyed God’s commandments, he was immortal and could live in the Garden of Eden forever. When Adam broke the covenant, bringing knowledge of good and evil, sin and death in the world, the central doctrine became the Covenant of Grace.

Dactylic
A metrical foot of three syllables in which the first syllable is stressed and the next two are unstressed. Tendency, Juliet, Murmuring

Doctrine of the Elect
The theory that God had determined who was saved and damned before their births (the elect was pre-chosen by God for salvation)

Doctrine of Weaned Affections
This doctrine holds that individuals must learn to wean themselves from earthly attachments and instead make spiritual matters their priority

Extended Metaphor
A comparison between two unlike things that continues throughout a series of sentences in a paragraph or lines in a poem

Iambic
A metrical foot in poetry that has an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. Protect

Inversion
A literary technique in which the words of a sentence or phrase are wrenched out of our normal English syntax, or word order

Meter
A pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables

Pelf
One who makes a journey to a holy place

Plain Style
A way of writing that stresses simplicity and clarity of expression

Predestination
God has already decided the fate of everyone and everything

Pyrrhic
Unstressed/Unstressed substitution

Puritan
Any member of a number of Protestant groups that, beginning about 1560, sought to ‘purity’ the Church of England and a structure that mirrored that of the New Testament Church

Scanning
Reading a poem to determine its meter

Spondaic
Stressed/Stressed substitution

Theocracy
A society in which the rules of the church are the basis of the law and the governor of a state by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided.

Trochaic
Stressed/Unstressed substitution

Pilgrim
who makes a journey to a holy place

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