English Vocabulary Test! Diction trivia Quiz

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This English vocabulary test is a diction trivia quiz. Diction is one of the literary devices one can use to spice up their writings or speeches. One of the things that goes into checking which diction to use is dependent on whether one is in a formal or informal setting. You should use this quiz to see just how well you understand these choices in wording. Give it a shot!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Choose a word that would provide stronger diction for the underlined word in the sentence below: "I just don't want to sit by him because I think he copies off my tests," he said. 

    • A.

      Promised

    • B.

      Murmured

    • C.

      Yelled

    • D.

      Elaborated

    Correct Answer
    D. Elaborated
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "elaborated" provides stronger diction for the underlined word "said" because it suggests that the speaker is providing more detail or expanding on their statement. This implies that the speaker is explaining their reasoning for not wanting to sit by the person who copies off their tests. The word "elaborated" conveys a sense of clarity and thoroughness in the speaker's response.

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  • 2. 

    Choose a word that would provide stronger diction for the underlined word in the sentence below: "Well, it's official.  The entire school has the flu," the nurse said. 

    • A.

      Stammered

    • B.

      Declared

    • C.

      Narrated

    • D.

      Chanted

    Correct Answer
    B. Declared
    Explanation
    The word "declared" provides stronger diction for the underlined word in the sentence because it conveys a sense of authority and certainty. By using "declared," the nurse is making a formal and definitive statement about the entire school having the flu. The word "stammered" would suggest hesitancy or uncertainty, "narrated" would imply a detailed storytelling, and "chanted" would indicate a repetitive and rhythmic manner of speaking, none of which accurately convey the nurse's confident announcement.

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  • 3. 

    Choose a word that would provide stronger diction for the underlined word in the sentence below: "Ugh, I guess we can go to the candy store before the other errands," said. 

    • A.

      Screamed

    • B.

      Exclaimed

    • C.

      Cried

    • D.

      Sighed

    Correct Answer
    D. Sighed
    Explanation
    The word "sighed" provides stronger diction for the underlined word because it conveys a sense of resignation or disappointment. It suggests that the speaker is expressing their reluctance or annoyance about going to the candy store before completing the other errands.

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  • 4. 

    Choose a word that would provide stronger diction for the underlined word in the sentence below: "Please, oh please, let Darrell recover from the yellow fever," Dionta said. 

    • A.

      Informed

    • B.

      Prayed

    • C.

      Whined

    • D.

      Mentioned

    Correct Answer
    B. Prayed
    Explanation
    The word "prayed" provides stronger diction for the underlined word in the sentence because it conveys a sense of urgency and desperation. Dionta is pleading and begging for Darrell's recovery from yellow fever, showing the intensity of their emotions and the importance of the situation.

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  • 5. 

    Choose a word that would provide stronger diction for the underlined word in the sentence below: "Excuse me, please stop tapping my chair,"  Marissa said softly. 

    • A.

      Stated

    • B.

      Howled

    • C.

      Whispered

    • D.

      Cajoled

    Correct Answer
    C. Whispered
    Explanation
    The word "whispered" provides stronger diction for the underlined word in the sentence because it conveys a softer and more discreet tone compared to the other options. "Stated" and "howled" imply a louder and more assertive tone, while "cajoled" suggests a persuasive or coaxing tone. "Whispered" accurately reflects the soft and gentle manner in which Marissa asked the person to stop tapping her chair.

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