12th Grade Literary Devices Quiz! Trivia Questions

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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

    Correct Answer
    A. Alliteration
    Explanation
    The phrase "Polly Pocket picked a purple plant" is an example of alliteration because it contains multiple words that start with the same sound, specifically the /p/ sound. Alliteration is a literary device that adds emphasis and rhythm to a sentence by repeating the initial consonant sound.

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  • 2. 

    An extreme exaggeration is called a

    • A.

      Allusion

    • B.

      Hyperbole

    • C.

      Simile

    • D.

      Oxymoron

    Correct Answer
    B. Hyperbole
    Explanation
    A hyperbole is a figure of speech that involves extreme exaggeration to make a point or create emphasis. It is used to make a statement more dramatic or impactful by stretching the truth beyond what is reasonable or realistic. In this case, the correct answer is hyperbole because it accurately describes the concept of an extreme exaggeration.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above are examples of conflict
    Explanation
    The correct answer is all of the above are examples of conflict. This is because all three options mentioned - man vs. man, man vs. himself, and man vs. the supernatural - represent different forms of conflict. Man vs. man refers to conflicts between individuals, man vs. himself refers to internal conflicts within a person, and man vs. the supernatural refers to conflicts with supernatural or paranormal entities. Therefore, all of these options are valid examples of conflict.

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  • 4. 

    A well-painted mental image is called:

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Oxymoron

    • C.

      Hyperbole

    • D.

      Imagery

    Correct Answer
    D. Imagery
    Explanation
    Imagery refers to the use of vivid and descriptive language to create mental pictures or sensory experiences in the reader's mind. It involves the use of sensory details such as sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell to make the writing more engaging and immersive. Therefore, a well-painted mental image can be described as imagery.

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  • 5. 

    The contrast between what is said and what is meant is called..

    • A.

      Situational irony

    • B.

      Dramatic irony

    • C.

      Verbal irony

    Correct Answer
    C. Verbal irony
    Explanation
    Verbal irony refers to a situation in which someone says something but means the opposite, often for humorous or sarcastic effect. This can create a contrast between what is said and what is actually meant. Situational irony, on the other hand, occurs when there is a contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually happens. Dramatic irony involves a situation in which the audience knows something that the characters do not. Therefore, the correct answer for the given question is verbal irony.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Dramatic irony
    Explanation
    Dramatic irony refers to a situation in which the audience or reader knows something that the character does not. In this case, there is a contrast between what the character believes to be true and what we, as the reader, know to be true. This creates a sense of dramatic irony as we are aware of information that the character is unaware of, leading to potential tension or humor in the story.

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  • 7. 

    The contrast between what happens and what was expected.

    • A.

      Situational irony

    • B.

      Dramatic irony

    • C.

      Verbal irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Situational irony
    Explanation
    Situational irony refers to a situation where there is a contrast between what actually happens and what was expected to happen. This can create a sense of surprise or humor for the audience or readers. In this context, the correct answer suggests that the given situation involves an unexpected outcome or twist, which aligns with the concept of situational irony.

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  • 8. 

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

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Oxymoron

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    B. Metaphor
    Explanation
    A metaphor is a figure of speech that directly compares two unrelated objects or ideas, without using "like" or "as". It creates a vivid image by describing one thing in terms of another. Unlike a simile, which uses "like" or "as" to make a comparison, a metaphor implies a direct similarity between the two objects. An example of a metaphor is "Her heart is a stone", where the speaker is comparing the hardness and coldness of a stone to the person's emotional state.

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  • 9. 

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

    • A.

      Onomatopoeia

    • B.

      Tone

    • C.

      Theme

    • D.

      Mood

    Correct Answer
    D. Mood
    Explanation
    Mood refers to the overall emotional atmosphere or feeling that the reader experiences while reading a piece of literature. It is the emotional response that the author evokes in the reader through the use of various literary devices, such as imagery, diction, and setting. The mood can be described as happy, sad, mysterious, or suspenseful, among others. Unlike tone, which is the author's attitude towards the subject, mood is the emotional response that the reader takes away from the text.

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  • 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."

    Correct Answer
    C. "She is like an angel."
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "She is like an angel." This is a simile because it uses the word "like" to compare the person to an angel, indicating that there is a similarity between the two. Similes are figures of speech that make comparisons using "like" or "as."

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  • 11. 

    The moral or message of the story is called the ...

    • A.

      Theme

    • B.

      Tone

    • C.

      Voice

    • D.

      Mood

    Correct Answer
    A. Theme
    Explanation
    The moral or message of a story is called the theme. The theme represents the central idea or underlying message that the author wants to convey to the readers. It is the lesson or insight that can be learned from the story and is often expressed through recurring motifs, symbols, or character development. The theme helps to give the story a deeper meaning and can resonate with readers on a personal level.

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  • 12. 

    "Buzz" and "BAM!" are examples of

    • A.

      Allusions

    • B.

      Allegories

    • C.

      Onomatopoeia

    • D.

      Similes

    Correct Answer
    C. Onomatopoeia
    Explanation
    The words "Buzz" and "BAM!" are examples of onomatopoeia because they imitate the sounds they represent. Onomatopoeia is a figure of speech where words are used to imitate or mimic sounds. In this case, "Buzz" imitates the sound of a buzzing insect and "BAM!" imitates the sound of a sudden impact or explosion.

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  • 13. 

    "Military intelligence" and "jumbo shrimp" are examples of:

    • A.

      Similes

    • B.

      Onomatopoiea

    • C.

      Personification

    • D.

      Oxymoron

    Correct Answer
    D. Oxymoron
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "oxymoron". An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms together, creating a seemingly self-contradictory phrase. In this case, "military intelligence" and "jumbo shrimp" are both examples of oxymorons because they combine words that are typically seen as contradictory. "Military" implies strategic thinking and knowledge, while "intelligence" refers to the ability to gather information and make decisions. Similarly, "jumbo" suggests something large, while "shrimp" is a small-sized creature. Therefore, both phrases create an oxymoronic effect by combining contradictory ideas.

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  • 14. 

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

    • A.

      Personification

    • B.

      Irony

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Metonymy

    Correct Answer
    A. Personification
    Explanation
    Personification is the attribution of human characteristics or qualities to inanimate objects. It is the act of giving human-like traits, such as emotions or actions, to non-human entities. This literary device is often used to make descriptions more vivid and engaging, as it allows the reader to relate to or understand the object in a more familiar way. Therefore, personification is the correct answer for the given question.

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  • 15. 

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

    • A.

      First person

    • B.

      Second person

    • C.

      Third person

    • D.

      Omnicient

    Correct Answer
    A. First person
    Explanation
    The use of "I", "me", "mine" in a point of view indicates that the speaker is referring to themselves. This perspective is known as the first person point of view. In this narrative mode, the speaker is directly involved in the events and is sharing their personal experiences or thoughts. It provides a subjective and intimate perspective to the story.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Second person
    Explanation
    The correct answer is second person. Second person point of view is when the narrator tells the story directly to another character using "you." This perspective allows the reader to experience the events as if they are the addressee, creating a sense of immediacy and involvement. It is less common than first or third person point of view, but can be effective in certain types of storytelling.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Third person
    Explanation
    In third person point of view, the narrator is not a character in the story and refers to the characters by their names or pronouns like "he" or "she." The reader only knows the actions and dialogue of the characters, without any insight into their thoughts or feelings. This perspective allows for a more objective and detached storytelling experience, as the reader observes the events from an external viewpoint.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Omniscient
    Explanation
    The correct answer is omniscient because in an omniscient point of view, the reader has access to the thoughts, actions, and dialogue of all characters. This allows the reader to have a complete understanding of the story from multiple perspectives, similar to a god-like viewpoint.

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  • 19. 

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

    • A.

      Tone

    • B.

      Mood

    • C.

      Theme

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Tone
    Explanation
    The author's feelings towards the subject or topic is called the tone. The tone refers to the attitude or emotion that the author conveys through their writing. It can be identified through the choice of words, the use of figurative language, and the overall style of writing. The tone can be serious, humorous, sarcastic, or any other emotion that the author wants to express. It helps to establish the overall atmosphere or mood of the text and influences how the reader perceives the message.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Allegory
    Explanation
    Allegory is the correct answer because it refers to a literary device that links the objects, characters, and events of a story with meanings beyond their literal interpretation. It involves using symbolic representation to convey a deeper message or moral lesson. Unlike cliché, which refers to an overused phrase or idea, personification, which attributes human qualities to non-human entities, or metaphor, which makes a comparison between two unrelated things, allegory is specifically concerned with conveying a hidden or symbolic meaning within a story.

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  • 21. 

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

    • A.

      Euphemism

    • B.

      Idiom

    • C.

      Juxtaposition

    • D.

      Cliche

    Correct Answer
    D. Cliche
    Explanation
    A cliche is an overused phrase or expression that has lost its originality or impact. It is a phrase that has become so common and predictable that it no longer holds much meaning or interest. "Busy as a beaver" is an example of a cliche because it is a well-known and frequently used phrase to describe someone who is very busy.

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  • 22. 

    A secondary or more emotional meaning for a word.

    • A.

      Connotative

    • B.

      Denotaive

    • C.

      Dialogue

    • D.

      Generalization

    Correct Answer
    A. Connotative
    Explanation
    The word "connotative" refers to a secondary or more emotional meaning for a word. It implies that a word carries not only its literal or denotative meaning but also additional associations or emotions that are associated with it. This is different from "denotative," which refers to the literal or dictionary definition of a word. "Dialogue" refers to a conversation between two or more people, and "generalization" refers to a broad statement or conclusion that is based on limited information or experience.

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  • 23. 

    A factual, primary or less emotional description or word.

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Metapor

    • C.

      Denotative

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    C. Denotative
    Explanation
    The correct answer is denotative. Denotative refers to the literal or dictionary definition of a word, without any added connotations or emotional associations. It focuses on providing a factual and objective description or word, rather than using figurative language or symbolism. This option stands out from the others, which all involve the use of figurative language to convey meaning or create imagery.

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  • 24. 

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

    • A.

      Idiom

    • B.

      Euphemism

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Cliche

    Correct Answer
    B. Euphemism
    Explanation
    A euphemism is a mild or vague expression used instead of saying something harsher. It is a way of substituting a more pleasant or less offensive term for a more direct or blunt one. This can be done to soften the impact of the words or to avoid causing discomfort or offense to others. Euphemisms are commonly used in various contexts, such as discussing sensitive topics or addressing taboo subjects.

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  • 25. 

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

    • A.

      Denotative

    • B.

      Juxtapositon

    • C.

      Irony

    • D.

      Idiom

    Correct Answer
    D. Idiom
    Explanation
    An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the literal meaning of its words. It is a phrase or a group of words that has a figurative meaning different from its literal meaning. Idioms are often specific to a particular language or culture and can be difficult for non-native speakers to understand. They are used to add color and depth to language and are commonly used in everyday conversations.

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  • 26. 

    Juxtaposition means...

    • A.

      The arrangement of two or more ideas that are used to be compared or contrasted.

    • B.

      An expression that cannot be understood from the literal meaning of the words

    • C.

      A comparision

    • D.

      A more emotional meaning

    Correct Answer
    A. The arrangement of two or more ideas that are used to be compared or contrasted.
    Explanation
    Juxtaposition refers to the arrangement of two or more ideas that are used to be compared or contrasted. It involves placing contrasting or opposing elements side by side to highlight their differences or similarities. This technique is commonly used in literature, art, and design to create emphasis and enhance the impact of the ideas being presented. By juxtaposing different ideas, the author or artist aims to evoke a deeper understanding or emotional response from the audience.

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  • 27. 

    The use of realated words in place of what is really being talked about.

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Irony

    • C.

      Metonymy

    • D.

      Simile

    Correct Answer
    C. Metonymy
    Explanation
    Metonymy is a figure of speech where a word or phrase is substituted with another word or phrase that is closely related or associated with it. In this case, the use of related words in place of what is really being talked about indicates the use of metonymy. It involves using a word or phrase that is associated with the intended meaning to convey the message indirectly. Unlike a metaphor, which implies a direct comparison, metonymy relies on the substitution of related terms to create a specific effect or emphasis.

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