Figurative Language Practice Quiz

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Are you a pro at identifying and using figurative language? If you wish to check your knowledge, take this figurative language practice quiz. Figurative language has several types, so you need a lot of practice to understand the difference between all of them. Here, you can take this quiz and try to get a perfect score on this quiz. You can challenge your friends also. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    A _________ is a figurative piece of language that uses 'like' or 'as.'

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Hyperbole

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    A. Simile
    Explanation
    A simile is a comparison that uses 'like' or 'as.'. It is a literary device that helps to create vivid imagery and make comparisons between two different things. Unlike a metaphor, which directly states that one thing is another, a simile uses the words 'like' or 'as' to make the comparison more explicit. For example, "Her smile was as bright as the sun" is a simile that compares the brightness of a smile to the brightness of the sun.

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  • 2. 

    A ___________ is a figurative piece of language that does NOT use 'like' or 'as.'

    • A.

      Hyperbole

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    C. Metaphor
    Explanation
    A metaphor is a comparison that does not use 'like' or 'as.' It is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is used to describe something by comparing it to something else, without using the words 'like' or 'as'. For example, "He is a shining star" is a metaphor that compares someone's brightness or talent to that of a star.

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  • 3. 

    _______ is an extravagant exaggeration

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Hyperbole

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    C. Hyperbole
    Explanation
    Hyperbole is a figure of speech that involves an extravagant exaggeration for emphasis or dramatic effect. It is often used to create a strong impact or to make a point more vividly. In this case, the question asks for a word that fits the definition of an extravagant exaggeration and hyperbole is the correct answer.

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  • 4. 

    "I am as hungry as a bear!" Which figurative language is used here?

    • A.

      Personification

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Simile and personification

    Correct Answer
    B. Simile
    Explanation
    The phrase "I am as hungry as a bear!" is an example of a simile. A simile is a figure of speech that compares two things using the words "like" or "as." In this case, the speaker is comparing their level of hunger to that of a bear.

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  • 5. 

    What's the meaning of this personification? "The camera loves me!"

    • A.

      Photography is one of my hobbies.

    • B.

      Photos of me are always really good. 

    • C.

      I own an expensive camera.

    • D.

      I like to visit art museums.

    Correct Answer
    B. Photos of me are always really good. 
    Explanation
    The personification in the statement "The camera loves me!" is a figure of speech where the camera is attributed with human-like qualities of affection and preference. It suggests that whenever the person is being photographed, the camera produces excellent and flattering pictures. This personification adds a touch of humor and emphasizes the person's confidence and satisfaction with their appearance in photographs.

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  • 6. 

    "The tree shook its branches angrily." What type of figurative language is being used in this sentence?

    • A.

      Onomatopoeia

    • B.

      Personification

    • C.

      Hyperbole

    • D.

      Simile

    Correct Answer
    B. Personification
    Explanation
    The correct answer is personification because the sentence is giving human qualities (anger) to a non-human object (tree) by stating that it shook its branches angrily. Personification is a type of figurative language where human characteristics are attributed to inanimate objects or animals.

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  • 7. 

    "That movie took my breath away." What type of figurative language is used in this sentence?

    • A.

      Onomatopoeia

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Idiom

    • D.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    C. Idiom
    Explanation
    The phrase "took my breath away" is an idiom, which means that it is not meant to be taken literally. It is a common expression used to describe something that is extremely impressive or awe-inspiring. In this case, it suggests that the movie was so captivating and amazing that it left the speaker speechless or breathless with excitement.

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  • 8. 

    "I like pancakes so much I could eat a million of them." What type of figurative language is used in this sentence?

    • A.

      Idiom

    • B.

      Onomatopoeia

    • C.

      Hyperbole

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    C. Hyperbole
    Explanation
    The sentence "I like pancakes so much I could eat a million of them" uses hyperbole. Hyperbole is a figure of speech that involves exaggeration for emphasis or dramatic effect. In this sentence, the speaker is exaggerating their love for pancakes by saying they could eat a million of them, which is obviously an unrealistic and exaggerated statement.

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  • 9. 

    Hyperboles are the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Hyperboles are not the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas. Hyperboles are exaggerated statements or claims that are not meant to be taken literally. They are used for emphasis or to create a strong impression.

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  • 10. 

    "The stars will cry." What kind of figurative language is used here?

    • A.

      Personification

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Onomatopoeia

    • D.

      Alliteration

    Correct Answer
    A. Personification
    Explanation
    The phrase "The stars will cry" is an example of personification. Personification is a figure of speech in which human qualities or characteristics are attributed to non-human entities. In this case, the stars are being given the human ability to cry, which is not something they can actually do.

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Heather is an educator, with four years of teaching experience. Heather graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Teaching. She is skilled in Teaching English as a Second Language and currently works as an Elementary School Teacher at Pinellas County Schools. She made a career transition one year ago to explore a new path in writing and copy editing. Heather's specialization lies in curriculum development and educational materials, but she maintains versatility to work across various industries. Known for her keen attention to detail and a deep passion for language, she possesses a sharp eye for precision.

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