Trivia Quiz On Hyperbole And Understatement

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Trivia Quiz On Hyperbole And Understatement - Quiz

Do you know about hyperbole and understatement in figurative language? How are these two rhetorical devices interlinked with each other? This trivia quiz will check your knowledge about the same. Hyperbole and understatement are two words that represent different things; while one exaggerates the state of something, the other diminishes it greatly. Take this quiz and show off how well you know the differences between the two when it comes to using. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following are examples of hyperboles? I. He's 500 years old. II. I told him a million times not to do that. III. I waited in line for centuries. IV. He is as big as a cow.

    • A.

      II, III, and IV

    • B.

      I, II, and III

    • C.

      IV

    • D.

      II and III

    • E.

      I

    Correct Answer
    B. I, II, and III
    Explanation
    IV is a simile

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  • 2. 

    Hyperboles are used to ________ a feeling, reaction, or effort.

    • A.

      Decrease

    • B.

      Enhance

    • C.

      Belittle

    • D.

      Emphasize

    • E.

      Extract

    Correct Answer
    D. Emphasize
    Explanation
    Hyperboles are figures of speech that involve extreme exaggeration. When used, they are meant to emphasize a feeling, reaction, or effort by making it seem larger or more intense than it actually is. By using hyperboles, the speaker or writer is able to draw attention to the particular emotion or action they are trying to highlight, making it stand out and have a greater impact on the audience.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following are examples of an understatement? I. Saying, "He was okay" when describing the football player who scored 10 touchdowns the night before    II. Saying, "It's nice out" when it's raining outside.    III. Saying, "He's not the thinnest person" when describing a really big person.    IV. Saying, "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse"   

    • A.

      I, IV

    • B.

      II, IV

    • C.

      I, II, III, and IV

    • D.

      I

    • E.

      II, III

    Correct Answer
    D. I
    Explanation
    "He was okay" when describing a football player who scored 10 touchdowns is an understatement because it downplays the player's remarkable performance.

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  • 4. 

    Understatements are when...

    • A.

      A speaker makes something more or less serious than it really is

    • B.

      A speaker uses like or as while comparing

    • C.

      A speaker over exaggerates something

    • D.

      A speaker's intended message differs from the actual meaning of the words

    Correct Answer
    A. A speaker makes something more or less serious than it really is
    Explanation
    A speaker using like/as is a simile A speaker over exaggerating is a hyperbole When a speaker's intended message differs from the actual meaning of the words is verbal irony

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  • 5. 

    Understatements are similar to Hyperboles.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Understatement can be understood as the opposite of hyperbole. Hyperboles tend to exaggerate a situation and understatements make a situation seem less serious.

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  • 6. 

    There were always clouds in that dingy little valley. It rained, and it always rained. It is an example of hyperbole.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The passage describes a valley where it always rains and there are always clouds, which is an exaggeration or hyperbole. Hyperbole is a figure of speech that involves exaggeration for emphasis or dramatic effect. In this case, the constant rain and clouds in the valley are exaggerated for emphasis, making the statement an example of hyperbole. Therefore, the correct answer is true.

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  • 7. 

    Nobody watches that movie anymore. It is an example of hyperbole.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement "Nobody watches that movie anymore" is an exaggeration or hyperbole because it is highly unlikely that absolutely nobody watches the movie. This type of exaggeration is often used in everyday language to emphasize a point or make a statement more dramatic. Therefore, the correct answer is true, as the statement is indeed an example of hyperbole.

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  • 8. 

    The word “hyperbole” means to

    • A.

      Overthrow 

    • B.

      Go over

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B
    Explanation
    The word "hyperbole" means to exaggerate or overstate something. This can be seen in both options A and B, as "overthrow" and "go over" both involve an exaggeration or going beyond the normal limits. Therefore, the correct answer is Both A and B.

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  • 9. 

    Pick odd one out.

    • A.

      These clothes are killing me.

    • B.

      Let’s just say Bill Gates has a few nickles to rub together.

    • C.

      I already beat that game 1000 years ago.

    • D.

      Old Mrs. Johnson has been teaching in this school since the Stone Age.

    Correct Answer
    B. Let’s just say Bill Gates has a few nickles to rub together.
    Explanation
    Option B is an example of understatement, whereas all other options are hyperbole.

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  • 10. 

    Which one do you like?

    • A.

      Option 1

    • B.

      Option 2

    • C.

      Option 3

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    A. Option 1

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