12th Grade Literary Devices Quiz! Trivia Questions

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12th Grade Quizzes & Trivia

If you’ve ever read a book, you may not have noticed it but you were subjected to multiple literary devices used by the author in order to add texture, energy, and excitement to the reading experience so that their story is imaginative and gripping. Below is a 12th grade literary devices quiz with trivia questions designed to test how well you understand the different devices in use. Give it a try!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    "Polly Pocket picked a purple plant" is an example of:
    • A. 

      Alliteration

    • B. 

      Contrast

    • C. 

      Simile

    • D. 

      Personification

  • 2. 
    An extreme exaggeration is called a
    • A. 

      Allusion

    • B. 

      Hyperbole

    • C. 

      Simile

    • D. 

      Oxymoron

  • 3. 
    Which is NOT a form of conflict?
    • A. 

      Man vs. man

    • B. 

      Man vs. himself

    • C. 

      Man vs. the supernatural

    • D. 

      All of the above are examples of conflict

  • 4. 
    A well-painted mental image is called:
    • A. 

      Metaphor

    • B. 

      Oxymoron

    • C. 

      Hyperbole

    • D. 

      Imagery

  • 5. 
    The contrast between what is said and what is meant is called..
    • A. 

      Situational irony

    • B. 

      Dramatic irony

    • C. 

      Verbal irony

  • 6. 
    A contrast between what the character thinks to be ture and wha we (the reader) know to be true...
    • A. 

      Dramatic irony

    • B. 

      Situational irony

    • C. 

      Verbal irony

  • 7. 
    The contrast between what happens and what was expected.
    • A. 

      Situational irony

    • B. 

      Dramatic irony

    • C. 

      Verbal irony

  • 8. 
    A comparison between two objects without using "like" or "as"...
    • A. 

      Simile

    • B. 

      Metaphor

    • C. 

      Oxymoron

    • D. 

      Personification

  • 9. 
    The feeling the reader takes away with him or her after reading...
    • A. 

      Onomatopoeia

    • B. 

      Tone

    • C. 

      Theme

    • D. 

      Mood

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is a simile?
    • A. 

      "She is an angel."

    • B. 

      "jumbo shrimp"

    • C. 

      "She is like an angel."

    • D. 

      "The wind whistled through the trees."

  • 11. 
    The moral or message of the story is called the ...
    • A. 

      Theme

    • B. 

      Tone

    • C. 

      Voice

    • D. 

      Mood

  • 12. 
    "Buzz" and "BAM!" are examples of
    • A. 

      Allusions

    • B. 

      Allegories

    • C. 

      Onomatopoeia

    • D. 

      Similes

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      Similes

    • B. 

      Onomatopoiea

    • C. 

      Personification

    • D. 

      Oxymoron

  • 14. 
    The giving of human-like traits to inanimate objects is...
    • A. 

      Personification

    • B. 

      Irony

    • C. 

      Metaphor

    • D. 

      Metonymy

  • 15. 
    The use of "I", "me", "mine" in a point of view is...
    • A. 

      First person

    • B. 

      Second person

    • C. 

      Third person

    • D. 

      Omnicient

  • 16. 
    The point of view where the narrator tells the sotry to another character using "you," so that the story is being told through the addressee's point of view?
    • A. 

      First person

    • B. 

      Second person

    • C. 

      Third person

    • D. 

      Omniscient

  • 17. 
    The point of view where the reader only knows the actions and saying of the characters is called...
    • A. 

      First person

    • B. 

      Second person

    • C. 

      Third person

    • D. 

      Omniscient

  • 18. 
    The reader knows what the characters are thinking, saying and doing. ("God-like")
    • A. 

      First person

    • B. 

      Second person

    • C. 

      Third person

    • D. 

      Omniscient

  • 19. 
    The author's feelings towards the subject or topic is called the...
    • A. 

      Tone

    • B. 

      Mood

    • C. 

      Theme

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 20. 
    Links the objects, characters, adn events of a story with meanings beyond the literal meaning of the story.
    • A. 

      Cliche

    • B. 

      Personifications

    • C. 

      Metaphor

    • D. 

      Allegory

  • 21. 
    An overused phrase, such as "busy as a beaver" is called...
    • A. 

      Euphemism

    • B. 

      Idiom

    • C. 

      Juxtaposition

    • D. 

      Cliche

  • 22. 
    A secondary or more emotional meaning for a word.
    • A. 

      Connotative

    • B. 

      Denotaive

    • C. 

      Dialogue

    • D. 

      Generalization

  • 23. 
    A factual, primary or less emotional description or word.
    • A. 

      Simile

    • B. 

      Metapor

    • C. 

      Denotative

    • D. 

      Personification

  • 24. 
    A mild or vague expression used instead of saying something harsher.
    • A. 

      Idiom

    • B. 

      Euphemism

    • C. 

      Metaphor

    • D. 

      Cliche

  • 25. 
    An expression that cannot be understood from the literal meaning of its words.
    • A. 

      Denotative

    • B. 

      Juxtapositon

    • C. 

      Irony

    • D. 

      Idiom