Nonfiction Literary Terms


1. objective

not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts

2. subjective

based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions

3. bias

prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another


believable/ having a sound basis in logic or fact

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argument or reasoning put forward to oppose an idea or theory developed in another argument

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a mistaken belief, esp. one based on unsound argument

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the general attitude of a piece of writing
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an idea that pervades a work of literature

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point of view

a particular attitude or way of considering a matter

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emotional appeal

attempt to persuade the reader through and appeal to emotions, morals, or values

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logical appeal

attempt to persuade the reader based on statistics and facts; reasoning

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rhetorical question

asked in order to produce an effect or to make a statement rather than to elicit information

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