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Literary Terms

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This quiz accompanies the Literary Term Webquest. When the students have completed all of the tasks asked of them in the Webquest they can see if they are ready to diffuse a literary bomb or if they will simply bomb the task.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    "Lend me your ears" is an example of which literary term?
    • A. 

      Irony

    • B. 

      Euphemism

    • C. 

      Simile

    • D. 

      Synecdoche

  • 2. 
    A type of figurative language that makes a direct comparison not using like or as
    • A. 

      Simile

    • B. 

      Oxymoron

    • C. 

      Alliteration

    • D. 

      Metaphor

  • 3. 
    The use of indirect or polite language to express a concept generally considered unpleasant.
    • A. 

      Euphemism

    • B. 

      satire

    • C. 

      Oxymoron

    • D. 

      Theme

  • 4. 
    A type of figurative language that makes a comparison using "like" or "as"
    • A. 

      Simile

    • B. 

      Characterization

    • C. 

      Oxymoron

    • D. 

      Metaphor

  • 5. 
    A fat, smelly man spends all of his days on his couch eating potato chips, smoking cigarettes, and watching football. A skinny, handsome man spends his days working out, eating healthy, and going to church. The fat man lives to be 97 and marries a supermodel. The skinny man dies at 23 of a heart attack. What is this story an example of?
    • A. 

      Coincidence

    • B. 

      Irony

    • C. 

      Oxymoron

    • D. 

      Ode

  • 6. 
    In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, when Romeo finds Juliet in a drugged sleep, he assumes her to be dead and kills himself. Upon awakening to find her dead lover beside her, Juliet then kills herself.This is an example of:
    • A. 

      Parody

    • B. 

      Metonomy

    • C. 

      Dramatic Irony

    • D. 

      Euphemism

  • 7. 
    A complex, generally song lyric poem on a subject that is usually serious.
    • A. 

      Metaphor

    • B. 

      Elegy

    • C. 

      Ode

    • D. 

      Sonnet

  • 8. 
    A humorous piece of writing that usually makes fun of foolish or evil behavior is called a(n)...
    • A. 

      Exaggeration

    • B. 

      Satire

    • C. 

      Sketch

    • D. 

      Sonnet

  • 9. 
    A humorous, satirical, or burlesque imitation of a person, event, or serious work of literature designed to ridicule in nonsensical fashion or to criticize by clever duplication is called a ....
  • 10. 
    "He is a man of the cloth""The pen is mightier than the sword""By the sweat of thy brow thou shalt eat thy bread"These are examples of....
    • A. 

      Paradox

    • B. 

      Polysyndeton

    • C. 

      Metonymy

    • D. 

      Simile

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