Test Your Knowledge About Elements Of Poetry

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Test Your Knowledge About Elements Of Poetry - Quiz

There are some elements that lead to a poem being so enticing to the reader or writer. Today, we are going to test your knowledge about elements of poetry with this quiz that we've created below. The poetic elements include a rhyme scheme, meter, and figurative language. So, now it's time to check how much you know about the elements of poetry


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    A segment of a poem that is divided into groups of lines is called a:

    • A.

      Pair

    • B.

      Limerick

    • C.

      Stanza

    • D.

      Ballad

    • E.

      Haiku

    Correct Answer
    C. Stanza
    Explanation
    A stanza is a segment of a poem that is divided into groups of lines. It is a distinct section within a poem, similar to a paragraph in prose. Each stanza usually has a specific theme or idea and contributes to the overall structure and meaning of the poem. This term is commonly used in poetry analysis and helps to organize and understand the flow of the poem.

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  • 2. 

    A description word that compares one thing to another is called a:

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Onomatopoeia

    • C.

      Sonnet

    • D.

      Comparison

    • E.

      Lyric

    Correct Answer
    A. Metaphor
    Explanation
    A metaphor is a description word that compares one thing to another. It is a figure of speech that creates a symbolic meaning by making a comparison between two unrelated things. Unlike similes, which use "like" or "as" to make comparisons, metaphors imply a direct resemblance or identification between the two things being compared. This literary device is commonly used to add depth and imagery to writing by creating vivid and imaginative descriptions.

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  • 3. 

    "Sally sells sea shells by the seashore" is an example of:

    • A.

      Paradox

    • B.

      Stanza

    • C.

      Irony

    • D.

      Alliteration

    • E.

      Syncopation

    Correct Answer
    D. Alliteration
    Explanation
    The given phrase "Sally sells sea shells by the seashore" is an example of alliteration because it repeats the same consonant sound at the beginning of multiple words in a row. In this case, the "s" sound is repeated in "Sally," "sells," "sea," and "shells." Alliteration is a literary device often used to create rhythm, emphasize certain words or phrases, or simply add a musical quality to the writing.

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  • 4. 

    A poem that does not have a rhyme scheme or typical measure is called:

    • A.

      A lyric

    • B.

      Free Verse

    • C.

      Sonnet

    • D.

      Haiku

    • E.

      Ballad

    Correct Answer
    B. Free Verse
    Explanation
    Free verse is a type of poetry that does not follow a specific rhyme scheme or meter. It allows the poet to have more freedom in expressing their thoughts and emotions without the constraints of traditional poetic structures. In free verse, the poet can use any combination of words, line lengths, and rhythms to create a unique and individualistic poem. This form of poetry is often used to convey a sense of natural speech and to experiment with different techniques and styles.

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  • 5. 

    True or False: In a dramatic poem, the speaker is unaware of the audience as they are speaking.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    In a dramatic poem, the speaker is aware of the audience as they are speaking. Unlike in other forms of poetry where the speaker may be addressing their thoughts or emotions to themselves or an absent person, a dramatic poem is meant to be performed or spoken aloud, often in front of an audience. The speaker in a dramatic poem is conscious of the fact that they are speaking to an audience and their words are meant to be heard and understood by others. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 6. 

    The repetition of VOWEL sounds is called:

    • A.

      Syncopation

    • B.

      Alliteration

    • C.

      Assonance

    • D.

      Rhyme

    • E.

      Free Verse

    Correct Answer
    C. Assonance
    Explanation
    Assonance refers to the repetition of vowel sounds in nearby words, creating a musical effect in the text. It is often used to add emphasis, create rhythm, or enhance the overall sound and tone of a piece of writing. In this case, the question is asking for the term that describes the repetition of vowel sounds, and assonance is the correct answer as it perfectly fits the definition provided.

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  • 7. 

    A comparison that uses the words "like" or "as" is called a:

    • A.

      Euphony

    • B.

      Trochee

    • C.

      Symbol

    • D.

      Rhythm

    • E.

      Simile

    Correct Answer
    E. Simile
    Explanation
    A comparison that uses the words "like" or "as" is called a simile. Similes are used to make comparisons between two things that are not alike, in order to create a vivid image or enhance understanding. They often involve using descriptive language to highlight similarities or differences between the two objects or ideas being compared. Similes are commonly used in literature, poetry, and everyday language to add depth and creativity to writing.

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  • 8. 

    The pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables is called:

    • A.

      Lyric

    • B.

      Rhythm

    • C.

      Assonance

    • D.

      Repetition

    • E.

      Alliteration

    Correct Answer
    B. Rhythm
    Explanation
    Rhythm refers to the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry or in a piece of music. It creates a sense of movement and flow, giving the words a musical quality. In poetry, the arrangement of stressed and unstressed syllables creates a rhythmic pattern that can vary in different forms, such as iambic pentameter or trochaic tetrameter. Rhythm helps to establish the pace and tone of a poem, enhancing its overall effect on the reader or listener.

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  • 9. 

    Sound words such as "bang" and "buzz" are examples of:

    • A.

      Onomatopoeia

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Euphony

    • D.

      Personification

    • E.

      Paradox

    Correct Answer
    A. Onomatopoeia
    Explanation
    Onomatopoeia refers to words that imitate or resemble the sound they describe. Examples include "bang" and "buzz" which mimic the sounds they represent. This literary device is often used to create a vivid and sensory experience for the reader or listener.

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  • 10. 

    The recurrence of sounds, words, phrases, or lines in poetry is termed as ______. 

    • A.

      Rhythm

    • B.

      Repetition

    • C.

      Beats

    • D.

      Rhyme

    Correct Answer
    B. Repetition
    Explanation
    Repetition in poetry refers to the deliberate and recurring use of specific sounds, words, phrases, or lines within a poem. Poets use repetition as a literary device to create emphasis, rhythm, and memorable patterns in their work.

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  • 11. 

    Name the unit that is used to measure rhythm in a line of poetry. 

    • A.

      Scansion

    • B.

      Repetition

    • C.

      Poetic (or metric) foot

    • D.

      Meter

    Correct Answer
    C. Poetic (or metric) foot
    Explanation
    A poetic (or metric) foot is a unit of measurement used to analyze and describe the rhythm in a line of poetry. It refers to a combination of stressed and unstressed syllables that create a specific pattern or meter. By identifying and categorizing the poetical feet within a line, one can understand the rhythmic structure and flow of the poem. Therefore, the poetical foot is the correct answer for measuring rhythm in poetry.

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  • 12. 

    The process of analyzing rhythm in a poem and marking poetical meter and feet as stressed or unstressed is called _________. 

    • A.

      Poetical foot

    • B.

      Repetition

    • C.

      Scansion

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Scansion
    Explanation
    Scansion is the correct answer because it refers to the process of analyzing the rhythm in a poem and identifying the stressed and unstressed syllables in each line. It involves marking the poetical meter and feet to understand the rhythmic patterns and structure of the poem. This technique helps in determining the overall musicality and flow of the poem.

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  • 13. 

    The rhyme occurring on stressed syllables at the ends of verse lines is called: 

    • A.

      Rhythm

    • B.

      Repetition

    • C.

      End rhyme

    • D.

      Internal rhyme

    Correct Answer
    C. End rhyme
    Explanation
    End rhyme refers to the rhyme that occurs between the stressed syllables at the ends of verse lines. This means that the last words in each line of a poem rhyme with each other. This technique is commonly used in poetry to create a sense of rhythm and musicality. It helps to establish a pattern and structure within the poem, making it more pleasing to the ear and easier to remember.

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Elizabeth Paskert |MEd |
K-12 English Expert
Elizabeth is a creative and outgoing individual with excellent organizational skills and a strong proficiency in computer applications such as Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Internet usage. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching from Bowling Green State University in 2007-2012, followed by a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from the same university in 2012-2014.
She is a goal-oriented teacher who excels in working with both adults and children. Elizabeth's enthusiasm for gaining academic training and work experience is directed towards a career in Early Childhood Education.

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