Alliteration Quiz: Questions And Answers

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Alliteration is a fascinating literary device where the initial consonant sound or letter of words is repeated in close succession. For example, the well-known tongue twister “Sally sold seashells at the seashore” is a classic case of alliteration, with the ‘s’ and ‘sh’ sounds creating a rhythmic and memorable phrase. This technique has been used for centuries in poetry, rhymes, and prose to add a musical quality, emphasize particular words, or create a mood or tone.

This fun and challenging alliteration quiz is designed to test your knowledge and appreciation of this unique literary device. Whether you're a student learning Read moreabout alliteration for the first time, a poet looking to refine your craft, or simply a language enthusiast, this quiz offers something for everyone.

So, get ready to dive into the world of alliteration! This basic alliteration quiz is suitable for anyone familiar with the concept, offering a mix of easy and thought-provoking questions to challenge your understanding. Have fun, enjoy the process, and good luck!


Alliteration Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    What is the definition of alliteration?

    • A.

      A huge exaggeration.

    • B.

      Giving an animal humanlike qualities.

    • C.

      The repetition of similar sounds at the beginning of different words.

    • D.

      Two words that sound alike but have different meanings.

    Correct Answer
    C. The repetition of similar sounds at the beginning of different words.
    Explanation
    Alliteration is a literary technique that involves the repetition of similar sounds at the beginning of different words. It is often used to create rhythm, emphasize certain words or phrases, and enhance the overall musicality of a piece of writing. This definition accurately describes the concept of alliteration and distinguishes it from the other options provided.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following is an example of an alliteration?

    • A.

      Splendid Sarah saw special shells.

    • B.

      Lucy jumps at least a hundred feet in the air.

    • C.

      The sky is blue, and so are you.

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Splendid Sarah saw special shells.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Splendid Sarah saw special shells." Alliteration is a literary device where the same sound or letter is repeated at the beginning of closely connected words. In this example, the "s" sound is repeated in "Splendid Sarah saw special shells," creating an alliteration. The other options do not have this repetition of sounds at the beginning of words, so they are not examples of alliteration.

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  • 3. 

    Is the statement "She sang like a bird", an alliteration?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    The statement "She sang like a bird" does not exhibit alliteration. Alliteration refers to the repetition of initial consonant sounds in neighboring or closely positioned words, but in this statement, the initial consonant sounds of "sang" and "bird" differ ("s" and "b"). Therefore, the statement does not meet the criteria for alliteration. Thank you for pointing out the mistake.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following phrases is an alliteration?

    • A.

      She is a pig.

    • B.

      He was as tall as a skyscraper.

    • C.

      Charlie cheats on cheat sheets.

    • D.

      I told you a million times.

    Correct Answer
    C. Charlie cheats on cheat sheets.
    Explanation
    The phrase "Charlie cheats on cheat sheets" is an alliteration because it has the repetition of the "ch" sound at the beginning of both words. Alliteration is a literary device where the same sound or letter is repeated at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. In this case, the "ch" sound is repeated in both "Charlie" and "cheats" creating an alliterative effect.

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  • 5. 

    Is this statement, "Mommy made me mash my M&M's." an alliteration?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    The statement "Mommy made me mash my M&M's" is an example of alliteration because there is a repetition of the "m" sound in multiple words (Mommy, made, me, mash, M&M's). Alliteration refers to the use of the same sound or letter at the beginning of closely connected words, and this statement fits that definition.

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  • 6. 

    Does the following sentence have alliteration? "An ant is attacking."

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    The sentence "An ant is attacking." contains alliteration because the words "ant" and "attacking" both start with the same sound, "a". Alliteration refers to the repetition of the same consonant sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

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  • 7. 

    "She sells seashells by the seashore." Does this famous tongue twister have any alliteration?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    The given tongue twister "She sells seashells by the seashore" does indeed have alliteration. Alliteration refers to the repetition of the same sound or letter at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. In this case, the "s" sound is repeated in "sells," "seashells," and "seashore," making it an example of alliteration.

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  • 8. 

    In which of the examples below would you most likely find an alliteration?

    • A.

      A nonfiction novel

    • B.

      Lyrics in a song

    • C.

      A "How to" book

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Lyrics in a song
    Explanation
    An alliteration is the repetition of the same sound or letter at the beginning of closely connected words. In lyrics, it is common to find alliteration as songwriters often use it to create a catchy and memorable effect. Non-fiction novels and "How to" books may not necessarily have this literary device, making lyrics in a song the most likely option to find an alliteration.

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  • 9. 

    What purpose does alliteration serve?

    • A.

      To confuse everyone.

    • B.

      To create a melody and a certain mood.

    • C.

      To appear well educated.

    • D.

      I don't know.

    Correct Answer
    B. To create a melody and a certain mood.
    Explanation
    Alliteration serves the purpose of creating a melody and a certain mood in a piece of writing or speech. By repeating the same initial sound in a sequence of words, it adds a musical quality to the language and can evoke a specific emotional response in the reader or listener. This literary device is often used to enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of the text and make it more memorable.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following sentences contain alliteration?

    • A.

      She will be coming in tomorrow.

    • B.

      You should be finished with your food.

    • C.

      Peter Piper picked the pepper. 

    • D.

      Good things come to those who wait.

    Correct Answer
    C. Peter Piper picked the pepper. 
    Explanation
    The sentence "Peter Piper picked the pepper" contains alliteration. Alliteration is the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words in close proximity. In this sentence, the alliteration is present with the repeated "p" sound in the words "Peter," "Piper," "picked," and “pepper.”

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