English Exam On Literary Terms! Quiz

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How well do you know literary terms? Literary terms help to explain the language and the jargon in language arts. For this quiz, you will be required to understand the first-person point of view, the definition of motivation, an internal conflict, and the plot that contains the most tension. This quiz is all about literary terms. Give it a shot.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following best describes First Person Point of View?

    • A.

      The person telling the story is a character in the story.

    • B.

      Pronouns such as I, me and mine are used by a narrator throughout the text.

    • C.

      The story is told by the first person we meet in the story.

    • D.

      Pronouns such as him, her, they and them are used throughout the text.

    Correct Answer
    B. Pronouns such as I, me and mine are used by a narrator throughout the text.
    Explanation
    First Person Point of View is a narrative perspective where the person telling the story is a character in the story. This means that the narrator uses pronouns such as I, me, and mine to refer to themselves. This perspective provides a personal and subjective view of the events and allows the reader to experience the story through the eyes of the narrator.

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  • 2. 

    Themes are...

    • A.

      Always different.

    • B.

      What the reader learns about life from the text.

    • C.

      Stated at the beginning of the story.

    • D.

      Not important

    Correct Answer
    B. What the reader learns about life from the text.
    Explanation
    Themes are what the reader learns about life from the text. In literature, themes are the underlying messages or insights that the author conveys through the story. They are the central ideas or concepts that the reader can take away from the text. Themes can explore various aspects of human experience, such as love, friendship, power, or the meaning of life. By identifying and analyzing the themes in a text, readers can gain a deeper understanding of the author's intentions and the broader implications of the story.

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  • 3. 

    Motivation is best defined as?

    • A.

      What causes a character to do, think, feel or say something

    • B.

      Inspiration

    • C.

      Time, place and weather

    • D.

      Goals in life

    Correct Answer
    A. What causes a character to do, think, feel or say something
    Explanation
    Motivation refers to the driving force behind a character's actions, thoughts, emotions, or words. It is the underlying reason or cause that prompts a character to behave or react in a certain way. Motivation can be influenced by various factors such as desires, needs, beliefs, values, or external circumstances. Understanding a character's motivation is crucial in analyzing their behavior and understanding their storyline or development. It helps to provide insight into their intentions, choices, and overall character traits.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following is an internal conflict?

    • A.

      Joe and his sister are arguing over a video game.

    • B.

      Taija is late for school because her train never came.

    • C.

      Kristi should be studying, but her sister keeps distracting her from her work.

    • D.

      Rafi knows cheating is wrong, but his friend has the answers to Mr. Kreger's English final and he really needs to get an A.

    Correct Answer
    D. Rafi knows cheating is wrong, but his friend has the answers to Mr. Kreger's English final and he really needs to get an A.
    Explanation
    Rafi is experiencing an internal conflict because he knows that cheating is wrong, but he is tempted to do so in order to achieve a desired outcome, which is getting an A on Mr. Kreger's English final. This conflict arises within Rafi's mind as he grapples with the moral dilemma of making the right choice versus satisfying his immediate academic need.

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  • 5. 

    The part of the plot that contains the most tension is called the 

    • A.

      Resolution

    • B.

      Exposition

    • C.

      Rising action

    • D.

      Climax

    Correct Answer
    D. Climax
    Explanation
    The climax is the part of the plot that contains the most tension because it is the turning point of the story where the conflict reaches its peak. It is the moment of highest emotional intensity and suspense, where the protagonist faces the greatest challenge or obstacle. The climax is crucial in determining the outcome of the story and often leads to a resolution or a change in the protagonist's situation. It is the most exciting and dramatic part of the plot that keeps the readers engaged and eager to know what will happen next.

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  • 6. 

    A major theme in "Catcher in the Rye" is 

    • A.

      Optimism

    • B.

      Alienation

    • C.

      Maturity

    • D.

      Integrity

    Correct Answer
    B. Alienation
    Explanation
    The correct answer is alienation. In "Catcher in the Rye," the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, constantly feels disconnected and isolated from the world around him. He struggles to fit in and connect with others, often feeling alienated from society. This theme of alienation is prevalent throughout the novel, as Holden navigates his way through various encounters and experiences that highlight his sense of isolation and detachment from others.

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  • 7. 

    Which sentence below would you find in a novel written in third person point of view?

    • A.

      I was so very tired, and I had nothing to eat.

    • B.

      Everyone in the room was thinking the same thing; they hated Jim.

    • C.

      Our first day of school was very long, and we didn't have anything exciting to do at all.

    • D.

      They all looked around, but no one could see a thing.

    Correct Answer
    D. They all looked around, but no one could see a thing.
    Explanation
    The sentence "They all looked around, but no one could see a thing" is written in third person point of view because it uses the pronouns "they" and "no one" to refer to the characters in the story, rather than using "I" or "we" to indicate a first person perspective.

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  • 8. 

    The person telling the story is known as the

    • A.

      First person

    • B.

      Narrator

    • C.

      Main character

    • D.

      Protagonist

    Correct Answer
    B. Narrator
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "narrator" because the narrator is the person who tells the story and provides the perspective through which the events are conveyed to the audience. They may or may not be a character within the story, but their role is to narrate and provide insight into the events and other characters. The term "first person" refers to a specific point of view in storytelling where the narrator is a character in the story and uses "I" to refer to themselves. "Main character" and "protagonist" refer to the central figure in a story, but they are not necessarily the same as the narrator.

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  • 9. 

    The _______________________ of a story is made of when it takes place, where it takes place and the weather.

    Correct Answer
    setting
    seting
    settin
    Explanation
    The answer is "setting". The setting of a story refers to the time, place, and weather in which the story takes place. It helps to establish the context and atmosphere of the narrative, providing important details for the reader to understand the events and characters within the story. The variations in the spelling of the word "setting" are likely just typographical errors.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following is a metaphor?

    • A.

      The leaves danced in the wind.

    • B.

      Her eyes were like diamonds.

    • C.

      She is as sharp as a tack.

    • D.

      James is a beast on the court.

    Correct Answer
    D. James is a beast on the court.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "James is a beast on the court." This is a metaphor because it is comparing James to a beast, suggesting that he is strong, powerful, and dominant in his performance on the court.

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  • 11. 

    Which of the following is an example of personification?

    • A.

      The sun smiled down on us as we walked down the path.

    • B.

      Love is a rose.

    • C.

      He has a heart of gold.

    • D.

      The mice ran across the room.

    Correct Answer
    A. The sun smiled down on us as we walked down the path.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The sun smiled down on us as we walked down the path." This is an example of personification because it gives human qualities to the sun by saying that it "smiled" down on us. Personification is a figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstract concepts are given human characteristics or abilities.

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  • 12. 

    Choose the term that best describes the following statement. Your friend gets an F on their paper, their girlfriend breaks up with them and someone steals their iPod out of their locker all on the same day, but when you ask them how they are feeling they say, "Wonderful!"

    • A.

      Figure of speech

    • B.

      Tall tale

    • C.

      Irony

    • D.

      Symbol

    Correct Answer
    C. Irony
    Explanation
    The term that best describes the given statement is "irony". Irony is a figure of speech in which there is a contrast between what is expected or intended and what actually occurs. In this case, the contrast lies in the fact that despite experiencing multiple negative events, the friend responds with a positive emotion, which is unexpected and ironic.

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  • 13. 

    Something that stands for, or represents, something else is called a ______________________.

    Correct Answer
    symbol
    simble
    symble
    simbol
    Explanation
    A symbol is something that stands for or represents something else. It is a visual or conceptual representation that carries meaning beyond its literal interpretation. In this case, the correct answer is "symbol" as it accurately describes the concept of something representing or standing for something else. The other options provided - simble, symble, and simbol - are misspellings of the word "symbol" and do not accurately convey the intended meaning.

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  • 14. 

    The author's attitude towards his reader, subject and characters is known as:

    • A.

      Tone

    • B.

      Theme

    • C.

      Mood

    • D.

      Irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Tone
    Explanation
    The author's attitude towards his reader, subject, and characters is known as tone. Tone refers to the writer's feelings, emotions, or opinions that are conveyed through their writing. It reflects the author's perspective and can be identified through the choice of words, language style, and overall atmosphere of the text. The tone can be formal, informal, serious, humorous, sarcastic, etc., and it helps to shape the reader's understanding and interpretation of the writing.

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following is an example of hyperbole?

    • A.

      I'm so hungry I could eat a horse.

    • B.

      Her eyes sparkled like the sea.

    • C.

      The rain drove us home.

    • D.

      Jim is the smartest person in our class.

    Correct Answer
    A. I'm so hungry I could eat a horse.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse." This sentence is an example of hyperbole because it exaggerates the speaker's hunger to an extreme extent by saying they could eat a whole horse. Hyperbole is a figure of speech that uses exaggeration for emphasis or dramatic effect.

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  • 16. 

    Language that is used to evoke, or create, a mental picture in the reader is called ________________________.

    Correct Answer
    imagery
    image
    images
    Explanation
    Imagery refers to the use of language that appeals to the senses and creates a vivid mental picture in the reader's mind. It involves the use of descriptive words, phrases, and sensory details to evoke a sensory experience and make the reader visualize the scene or concept being described. Image and images also refer to the visual representation or mental picture that is created through the use of imagery in writing. Therefore, all three options - imagery, image, and images - are correct answers to the question.

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  • 17. 

    Which of the following is NOT a plausible way to persuade your reader.

    • A.

      By appealing to their emotions.

    • B.

      By appealing to their logic.

    • C.

      By appealing to their morals.

    • D.

      By appealing to their friends and family.

    Correct Answer
    D. By appealing to their friends and family.
    Explanation
    Persuading a reader by appealing to their friends and family is not a plausible way because it relies on external factors that may not hold the same influence for every individual. While emotions, logic, and morals can be used to connect with readers on a personal level, appealing to friends and family may not have the same impact as it varies from person to person.

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  • 18. 

    A question to which the author does not want an answer is known as a:

    • A.

      Reading question

    • B.

      Realism

    • C.

      Rhetorical question

    • D.

      A quiet question

    Correct Answer
    C. Rhetorical question
    Explanation
    A rhetorical question is a question that is asked for effect or to make a point, rather than to elicit an answer. It is a question that the author does not expect or want an answer to. The purpose of a rhetorical question is to engage the reader or listener and to emphasize a particular point or idea. It is often used in persuasive writing or speeches to make a statement more impactful or to create a sense of drama or tension.

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  • 19. 

    A style of writing, developed in the late nineteenth century, that attempts to depict life accurately, as it really is, without idealizing it or romanticizing it.

    • A.

      Colonialism

    • B.

      Post-colonialism

    • C.

      Modernism

    • D.

      Realism

    Correct Answer
    D. Realism
    Explanation
    Realism is the correct answer because it refers to a style of writing that emerged in the late nineteenth century, aiming to portray life accurately without idealization or romanticization. This literary movement sought to depict the world as it truly is, focusing on the everyday experiences of ordinary people. Realist writers often explored social issues, presenting a critical view of society and its flaws. Therefore, realism aligns with the description provided in the question.

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  • 20. 

    The distinctive way that an individual writer uses language is known as their.

    • A.

      Way.

    • B.

      Style.

    • C.

      Signature.

    • D.

      Theme.

    Correct Answer
    B. Style.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "style." Style refers to the unique and characteristic way in which a writer uses language. It encompasses the writer's choice of words, sentence structure, tone, and overall writing technique. It is a reflection of the writer's individuality and can greatly influence the reader's experience and interpretation of the text.

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