Figurative Language: Similes, Metaphors, And Personification

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This quiz will assess how accurately a student can define, identify, and explain examples of similes, metaphors, and personification.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    A simile is...

    • A.

      When you compare two unlike things using the words "like" or "as"

    • B.

      When you compare two unlike things using a form of "be"

    • C.

      When you give human qualities or abilities to something that is nonhuman

    Correct Answer
    A. When you compare two unlike things using the words "like" or "as"
    Explanation
    A simile is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things using the words "like" or "as". It is used to create vivid imagery and make a comparison more relatable or understandable. By using "like" or "as", the speaker or writer is highlighting a similarity between two different objects or concepts. This comparison helps to enhance the reader's understanding and adds depth to the description or narrative.

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  • 2. 

    A metaphor is...

    • A.

      When you compare two unlike things using a form of "be"

    • B.

      When you give human qualities or abilities to something that is nonhuman

    • C.

      When you compare two unlike things using the words "like" or "as"

    Correct Answer
    A. When you compare two unlike things using a form of "be"
    Explanation
    A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things by stating that one thing is another thing. This comparison is made using a form of "be," such as "is," "are," "was," or "were." Metaphors are used to create vivid imagery and make abstract concepts more relatable by connecting them to something familiar. Unlike similes, which use the words "like" or "as" to make comparisons, metaphors directly equate the two things being compared.

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  • 3. 

    Personification is...

    • A.

      When you compare two unlike things using a form of "be"

    • B.

      When you compare two unlike things using the words "like" or "as"

    • C.

      When you give human qualities or abilities to something that is nonhuman

    Correct Answer
    C. When you give human qualities or abilities to something that is nonhuman
    Explanation
    Personification is the act of attributing human qualities or abilities to something that is nonhuman. This literary device is used to bring inanimate objects or abstract concepts to life, making them relatable and easier for the reader to understand. By giving nonhuman things human characteristics, the writer is able to create a more vivid and engaging description or portrayal.

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  • 4. 

    Her hair is as shiny as ebony.This is...

    • A.

      A simile

    • B.

      A metaphor

    • C.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    A. A simile
    Explanation
    The given statement "Her hair is as shiny as ebony" is a simile because it uses the word "as" to compare her hair to the shine of ebony. Similes typically use words like "like" or "as" to make a comparison between two different things, in this case, the shine of her hair and the shine of ebony.

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  • 5. 

    The fog crept on little cat feet.This is...

    • A.

      A simile

    • B.

      A metaphor

    • C.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    C. Personification
    Explanation
    The given sentence "The fog crept on little cat feet" is an example of personification. Personification is a figure of speech in which human characteristics are attributed to non-human things. In this sentence, the fog is being described as creeping, which is a human action. By giving the fog the ability to creep on little cat feet, the author is personifying the fog and giving it human-like qualities.

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  • 6. 

    The boys dove on the ball like angry dogs snarling for a bone.This is...

    • A.

      A simile

    • B.

      A metaphor

    • C.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    A. A simile
    Explanation
    The given statement "The boys dove on the ball like angry dogs snarling for a bone" compares the action of the boys to the behavior of angry dogs snarling for a bone. It uses the word "like" to make the comparison, indicating that it is a simile. A simile is a figure of speech that compares two different things using "like" or "as".

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  • 7. 

    The students were like ants crowded around the pizza box.This is...

    • A.

      A simile

    • B.

      A metaphor

    • C.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    B. A metaphor
    Explanation
    The given sentence compares the students to ants, emphasizing their behavior of crowding around the pizza box. This comparison is not meant to be taken literally, but rather to create a vivid image in the reader's mind. Therefore, the sentence is an example of a metaphor, as it equates the students with ants.

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  • 8. 

    He is a strong as an ox.This is...

    • A.

      A simile

    • B.

      A metaphor

    • C.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    A. A simile
    Explanation
    The given statement "He is as strong as an ox" compares the strength of a person to that of an ox using the word "as". This comparison indicates that the person possesses immense strength, similar to that of an ox. Since this statement uses a comparison using "as", it is a simile.

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  • 9. 

    The river moaned as it ran across the rocks.This is...

    • A.

      A simile

    • B.

      A metaphor

    • C.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    C. Personification
    Explanation
    The given sentence is an example of personification because it attributes human characteristics, specifically the ability to moan, to the river. The river is being described as if it is a person, capable of expressing emotions and making sounds. This literary device helps to create a vivid and engaging image in the reader's mind by giving non-human objects or entities human-like qualities.

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  • 10. 

    Anyone who eats a whole pizza without sharing is a hog.This is...

    • A.

      A simile

    • B.

      A metaphor

    • C.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    B. A metaphor
    Explanation
    This statement is a metaphor because it is comparing someone who eats a whole pizza without sharing to a hog. It is not meant to be taken literally, but rather to convey the idea that the person is being selfish and greedy, just like a hog would be if it ate all the food without sharing.

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