History Of Alliteration! Quiz

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Alliteration is the continuous use of similar sounds with the intention and aim of creating special effects as well as getting the attention of the audience to ensure that the message intended to be passed is properly understood and realized by the listeners, and readers. Like everything in existence, Alliteration has its roots upon which development and improvement have been made. This short quiz centers on the origin and foundation of Alliteration.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Alliteration is of which origin? 

    • A.

      Greek

    • B.

      Latin

    • C.

      French

    • D.

      English

    Correct Answer
    B. Latin
    Explanation
    Alliteration is of Latin origin. This literary device involves the repetition of the same sound or letter at the beginning of closely connected words or stressed syllables. The term "alliteration" itself comes from the Latin word "ad litteram," which means "to the letter." Latin poets and orators frequently used alliteration to create rhythm and emphasis in their works, and this technique has been widely adopted in various languages, including English.

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  • 2. 

    The term 'Alliteration' was invented by who? 

    • A.

      An Italian

    • B.

      A French 

    • C.

      A Spanish 

    • D.

      A Russian 

    Correct Answer
    A. An Italian
    Explanation
    The term 'Alliteration' was invented by an Italian.

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  • 3. 

    Where was the earliest appearance of Alliteration? 

    • A.

      Poetry 

    • B.

      Drama

    • C.

      Proverbs 

    • D.

      Folktales 

    Correct Answer
    C. Proverbs 
    Explanation
    Alliteration, the repetition of initial consonant sounds, has been used in various forms of literature throughout history. However, the earliest appearance of alliteration can be traced back to proverbs. Proverbs are short, concise statements that convey a universal truth or wisdom. The use of alliteration in proverbs helps to create a memorable and rhythmic effect, making them easier to remember and pass down through generations. This makes proverbs the earliest known form of literature where alliteration was used.

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  • 4. 

    The earliest poems of which of the following don't have obligatory alliteration?

    • A.

      Latin

    • B.

      German

    • C.

      English 

    • D.

      A & B

    • E.

      A & C

    • F.

      B & C

    Correct Answer
    A. Latin
    Explanation
    Latin is the correct answer because the earliest poems in Latin did not have obligatory alliteration. Alliteration is a literary device commonly used in poetry, where the repetition of initial consonant sounds occurs in neighboring words. However, Latin poetry, particularly in its earliest forms, did not have this requirement for alliteration. Instead, Latin poetry relied more on meter and rhythm, such as the use of dactylic hexameter in epic poetry like Virgil's Aeneid.

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  • 5. 

    Who was the comic playwright known for innumerable instances of alliteration?

    • A.

      Ennius

    • B.

      Waevius

    • C.

      Plautus 

    • D.

      Cicero

    Correct Answer
    C. Plautus 
    Explanation
    Plautus is the correct answer because he was a comic playwright known for his extensive use of alliteration in his works. Alliteration is the repetition of the same sound or letter at the beginning of consecutive words or syllables, and Plautus was highly skilled at incorporating this literary device into his plays. His plays, such as "Menaechmi" and "Pseudolus," are filled with clever wordplay and linguistic tricks, including alliteration, which added to the comedic effect of his works.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following used alliteration in excess? 

    • A.

      Plautus

    • B.

      Nepos

    • C.

      Horace 

    • D.

      Catullus

    Correct Answer
    B. Nepos
    Explanation
    Nepos used alliteration in excess. Alliteration is the repetition of the same sound or letter at the beginning of closely connected words. Nepos, a Roman historian, was known for his excessive use of alliteration in his writings. This literary technique adds a rhythmic and musical quality to his work, making it more memorable and engaging for the readers.

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  • 7. 

    English scholars began writing poetry in Latin when?

    • A.

      7th century 

    • B.

      8th century 

    • C.

      5th century 

    • D.

      10th century 

    Correct Answer
    A. 7th century 
    Explanation
    English scholars began writing poetry in Latin in the 7th century. This was a time when Latin was still widely used as the language of scholarship and literature in Europe. As English scholars sought to engage with the literary traditions of the time, they began composing poetry in Latin, following the conventions and styles of Latin poetry. This practice continued for several centuries until English gradually emerged as a literary language in its own right.

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  • 8. 

    Who wrote Melos Amoris?

    • A.

      Lapidge

    • B.

      Aldhelm

    • C.

      Richard Rolle

    • D.

      Layamon

    Correct Answer
    C. Richard Rolle
    Explanation
    Richard Rolle is the correct answer because he was a 14th-century English hermit, mystic, and religious writer who is known for his work "Melos Amoris." This book is a collection of spiritual writings that explore the themes of divine love and the soul's relationship with God. Rolle's writings were highly influential during his time and continue to be studied and appreciated today.

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  • 9. 

    When did the decline of alliteration begin?

    • A.

      7th century AD

    • B.

      Fifth century AD

    • C.

      First century AD

    • D.

      Second century AD

    Correct Answer
    C. First century AD
    Explanation
    The decline of alliteration began in the First century AD.

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  • 10. 

    According to Clarke, which of the following is likely to put alliterating words in the first half of his verse? 

    • A.

      Ovid

    • B.

      Virgil

    • C.

      Lucretius

    • D.

      Greenberg

    Correct Answer
    A. Ovid
    Explanation
    Clarke believes that Ovid is likely to put alliterating words in the first half of his verse.

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