Literary Terms Study Quiz For Finals !

Approved & Edited by ProProfs Editorial Team
The editorial team at ProProfs Quizzes consists of a select group of subject experts, trivia writers, and quiz masters who have authored over 10,000 quizzes taken by more than 100 million users. This team includes our in-house seasoned quiz moderators and subject matter experts. Our editorial experts, spread across the world, are rigorously trained using our comprehensive guidelines to ensure that you receive the highest quality quizzes.
Learn about Our Editorial Process
| By Krazee_kendall22
K
Krazee_kendall22
Community Contributor
Quizzes Created: 1 | Total Attempts: 372
Questions: 17 | Attempts: 372

SettingsSettingsSettings
Literary Terms Study Quiz For Finals ! - Quiz

The first 17 Literary Terms for Freshman English.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is alliteration?

    • A.

      A reference to an element in literature, history, media, etc

    • B.

      Repeating of a letter sound in a sentence

    • C.

      Farting

    • D.

      Comparing two things using like, as, or than

    Correct Answer
    B. Repeating of a letter sound in a sentence
    Explanation
    Alliteration is a literary device that involves the repetition of a letter sound in a sentence. It is used to create a musical or rhythmic effect in writing and speech. By repeating the same sound at the beginning of multiple words, the writer or speaker can add emphasis, create a memorable phrase, or enhance the overall flow of the sentence. This technique is commonly used in poetry, advertising slogans, and tongue twisters.

    Rate this question:

  • 2. 

    What is an allusion?

    • A.

      Thinking you see something but you its not actually there

    • B.

      Comparison made between two things to show how they are alike in some respects

    • C.

      Reference to a statement, a person, a place or an event from literature, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, science or pop culture

    • D.

      Repetition of similar vowel sounds that are followed by different consonant sounds, especially in words that are close together in a poem.

    Correct Answer
    C. Reference to a statement, a person, a place or an event from literature, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, science or pop culture
    Explanation
    An allusion is a reference to a statement, a person, a place, or an event from various fields such as literature, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, science, or pop culture. It is a way of indirectly referring to something by mentioning it briefly, allowing the reader or listener to make connections and understand the deeper meaning or significance behind it. Allusions add depth and complexity to a piece of writing or conversation by drawing upon shared cultural knowledge and associations.

    Rate this question:

  • 3. 

    What is an analogy?

    • A.

      Language that appeals to the sense.

    • B.

      Word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of another and is not meant to be understood on a literal level.

    • C.

      Comparing two things using like, as or than

    • D.

      1. Comparison made between two things to show how they are alike in some respects

    Correct Answer
    D. 1. Comparison made between two things to show how they are alike in some respects
    Explanation
    An analogy is a comparison made between two things to show how they are alike in some respects. It is a way of explaining or illustrating a concept by comparing it to something familiar or more easily understood. Analogies are not meant to be understood on a literal level, but rather to highlight similarities between two different things. This helps to clarify and enhance understanding of the concept being discussed.

    Rate this question:

  • 4. 

    What is assonance?

    • A.

      1.Repetition of similar vowel sounds that are followed by different consonant sounds, especially in words that are close together in a poem

    • B.

      1.Person, place, thing, or event that stands for itself and for something beyond itself as well. 1.The process of revealing the personality of a character in a story

    • C.

      Main Character

    • D.

      1.Attitude a writer takes toward the audience, a subject, or a character

    Correct Answer
    A. 1.Repetition of similar vowel sounds that are followed by different consonant sounds, especially in words that are close together in a poem
    Explanation
    Assonance refers to the repetition of similar vowel sounds in words that are followed by different consonant sounds, particularly in close proximity within a poem. This literary device is used to create rhythm, musicality, and emphasis in poetry. By repeating vowel sounds, the poet can evoke certain emotions or enhance the overall aesthetic quality of the poem.

    Rate this question:

  • 5. 

    What is figure of speech?

    • A.

      Figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion or to create a comic effect

    • B.

      Contrast or discrepency between expectation and reality-between what is said and what is really meant, between what is expected to happen and what really does happen, or between what appears to be true and what is really true

    • C.

      Word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of another and is not meant to be understood on a literal level

    • D.

      Use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning

    Correct Answer
    C. Word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of another and is not meant to be understood on a literal level
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of another and is not meant to be understood on a literal level." This explanation accurately describes a figure of speech, which is a linguistic device used to add richness and depth to language by using words or phrases in non-literal ways. Figures of speech often employ metaphors, similes, personification, and other techniques to create vivid and imaginative expressions. By using this explanation, one can understand that a figure of speech is a form of language that goes beyond its literal meaning.

    Rate this question:

  • 6. 

    What is a flashback?

    • A.

      Repetition of the same or very similar consonant sounds in words that are close together in a poem

    • B.

      Expression peculiar to a particular language that means something different from the literal meaning of each word

    • C.

      1.Scene in a movie, play, short story, novel, or narrative poem that interrupts the present action of the plot to flash backward and tell what happened at an earlier time

    • D.

      Word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of another and is not meant to be understood on a literal level

    Correct Answer
    C. 1.Scene in a movie, play, short story, novel, or narrative poem that interrupts the present action of the plot to flash backward and tell what happened at an earlier time
    Explanation
    A flashback refers to a scene in a movie, play, short story, novel, or narrative poem that interrupts the present action of the plot and takes the audience or reader back in time to reveal what happened earlier. This technique is used to provide background information or to enhance the understanding of the story by revealing past events that are relevant to the current narrative.

    Rate this question:

  • 7. 

    What is a hyperbole?

    • A.

      Statement or situation that seems to be a contradiction but reveals a truth

    • B.

      Language that appeals to the sense

    • C.

      1.Figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion or to create a comic effect

    • D.

      Fixed idea or conception of a character that does not allow for any individuality

    Correct Answer
    C. 1.Figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion or to create a comic effect
    Explanation
    A hyperbole is a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion or to create a comic effect. It is a form of language that goes beyond literal meaning and adds emphasis or humor to a statement. By using exaggerated statements, a hyperbole can effectively convey intense emotions or create a humorous effect in writing or speech.

    Rate this question:

  • 8. 

    What is an idiom?

    • A.

      Kind of metaphor in which a nonhuman thing or quality is talked about as if it were a human

    • B.

      Contrast or discrepency between expectation and reality-between what is said and what is really meant, between what is expected to happen and what really does happen, or between what appears to be true and what is really true

    • C.

      Scene in a movie, play, short story, novel, or narrative poem that interrupts the present action of the plot to flash backward and tell what happened at an earlier time

    • D.

      1.Expression peculiar to a particular language that means something different from the literal meaning of each word

    Correct Answer
    D. 1.Expression peculiar to a particular language that means something different from the literal meaning of each word
    Explanation
    An idiom is an expression that is unique to a specific language and has a figurative meaning that is different from the literal meaning of its individual words. It is a form of language that is used to convey a particular message or idea in a more creative or colorful way. Idioms are commonly used in everyday speech and can be difficult to understand for non-native speakers or those unfamiliar with the language.

    Rate this question:

  • 9. 

    What is imagery?

    • A.

      Word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of another and is not meant to be understood on a literal level

    • B.

      Language that appeals to the sense

    • C.

      Figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, using a word such as like, as or than

    • D.

      Figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, in which one thing becomes another thing without the use of the word like, as than, or resembles

    Correct Answer
    B. Language that appeals to the sense
    Explanation
    Imagery refers to the use of language that appeals to the senses, creating a vivid mental picture or sensory experience for the reader. This can include descriptions of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures. By using sensory details, imagery enhances the reader's understanding and engagement with the text, making it more vivid and memorable.

    Rate this question:

  • 10. 

    What is irony?

    • A.

      Contrast or discrepency between expectation and reality-between what is said and what is really meant, between what is expected to happen and what really does happen, or between what appears to be true and what is really true

    • B.

      Figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, in which one thing becomes another thing without the use of the word like, as than, or resembles

    • C.

      Use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning

    • D.

      Repetition of the same or very similar consonant sounds in words that are close together in a poem

    Correct Answer
    A. Contrast or discrepency between expectation and reality-between what is said and what is really meant, between what is expected to happen and what really does happen, or between what appears to be true and what is really true
    Explanation
    Irony is a contrast or discrepancy between expectation and reality. It can occur between what is said and what is really meant, between what is expected to happen and what actually happens, or between what appears to be true and what is actually true. Irony often involves a surprising or unexpected twist that challenges our assumptions and highlights the difference between appearance and reality.

    Rate this question:

  • 11. 

    What is a metaphor?

    • A.

      Repetition of similar vowel sounds that are followed by different consonant sounds, especially in words that are close together in a poem

    • B.

      Figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, using a word such as like, as or than

    • C.

      Use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning

    • D.

      1.Figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, in which one thing becomes another thing without the use of the word like, as than, or resembles

    Correct Answer
    D. 1.Figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, in which one thing becomes another thing without the use of the word like, as than, or resembles
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that a metaphor is a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, in which one thing becomes another thing without the use of the word like, as than, or resembles. This means that a metaphor is a way of describing something by saying it is something else, even though the two things are not actually the same. It adds depth and vividness to language by creating a connection between unrelated ideas.

    Rate this question:

  • 12. 

    What is onomatopoeia?

    • A.

      Use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning

    • B.

      1.Kind of metaphor in which a nonhuman thing or quality is talked about as if it were a human

    • C.

      Repetition of similar vowel sounds that are followed by different consonant sounds, especially in words that are close together in a poem

    • D.

      1.Word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of another and is not meant to be understood on a literal level

    Correct Answer
    A. Use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning
    Explanation
    Onomatopoeia refers to the use of a word that imitates or suggests the sound it represents. This literary device is used to create a vivid and sensory experience for the reader by using words that mimic the sounds they describe. For example, words like "buzz," "hiss," or "boom" are onomatopoeic because they imitate the sounds they represent. By using onomatopoeia, writers can add depth and realism to their descriptions, making the reader feel more engaged with the text.

    Rate this question:

  • 13. 

    What is a paradox?

    • A.

      Figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, in which one thing becomes another thing without the use of the word like, as than, or resembles

    • B.

      1. Statement or situation that seems to be a contradiction but reveals a truth

    • C.

      Person, place, thing, or event that stands for itself and for something beyond itself as well

    • D.

      Scene in a movie, play, short story, novel, or narrative poem that interrupts the present action of the plot to flash backward and tell what happened at an earlier time

    Correct Answer
    B. 1. Statement or situation that seems to be a contradiction but reveals a truth
    Explanation
    A paradox is a statement or situation that appears to be contradictory but actually reveals a deeper truth. It presents a conflict or contradiction that challenges our understanding and forces us to think critically. Paradoxes often highlight the complexity and nuances of a concept or idea, and they can be used to provoke deeper thought and reflection.

    Rate this question:

  • 14. 

    What is personification?

    • A.

      1.Kind of metaphor in which a nonhuman thing or quality is talked about as if it were a human

    • B.

      1. Fixed idea or conception of a character that does not allow for any individuality

    • C.

      1.Person, place, thing, or event that stands for itself and for something beyond itself as well

    • D.

      Figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion or to create a comic effect

    Correct Answer
    A. 1.Kind of metaphor in which a nonhuman thing or quality is talked about as if it were a human
    Explanation
    Personification is a kind of metaphor in which a nonhuman thing or quality is described or talked about as if it were a human. This literary device gives human attributes or qualities to inanimate objects, animals, or abstract concepts, making them more relatable or vivid for the reader. By personifying these nonhuman elements, the writer can evoke emotions, create imagery, or enhance the overall meaning of the text.

    Rate this question:

  • 15. 

    What is a simile?

    • A.

      A reference to an element in literature

    • B.

      A u-shaped form you can make with your face

    • C.

      1.Figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, using a word such as like, as or than

    • D.

      Expression peculiar to a particular language that means something different from the literal meaning of each word

    Correct Answer
    C. 1.Figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, using a word such as like, as or than
    Explanation
    A simile is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things using the words "like," "as," or "than." It helps to create vivid imagery and enhance the reader's understanding by drawing parallels between unrelated concepts. By using this literary device, the writer can evoke emotions and create a stronger impact on the reader. Similes are commonly used in poetry, literature, and everyday language to add depth and creativity to descriptions and comparisons.

    Rate this question:

  • 16. 

    What is a stereotype?

    • A.

      1. Contrast or discrepency between expectation and reality-between what is said and what is really meant, between what is expected to happen and what really does happen, or between what appears to be true and what is really true

    • B.

      A repeating of a letter sound in a sentence

    • C.

      1.Statement or situation that seems to be a contradiction but reveals a truth

    • D.

      1.Fixed idea or conception of a character that does not allow for any individuality

    Correct Answer
    D. 1.Fixed idea or conception of a character that does not allow for any individuality
    Explanation
    A stereotype is a fixed idea or conception of a character that does not allow for any individuality. It is a generalization or oversimplified belief about a particular group of people, based on assumptions or preconceived notions. Stereotypes can be harmful as they disregard the uniqueness and diversity within a group, leading to unfair judgments and discrimination.

    Rate this question:

  • 17. 

    What is a symbol?

    • A.

      1.Person, place, thing, or event that stands for itself and for something beyond itself as well

    • B.

      1. Contrast or discrepency between expectation and reality-between what is said and what is really meant, between what is expected to happen and what really does happen, or between what appears to be true and what is really true

    • C.

      1.Kind of metaphor in which a nonhuman thing or quality is talked about as if it were a human

    • D.

      Use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning

    Correct Answer
    A. 1.Person, place, thing, or event that stands for itself and for something beyond itself as well
    Explanation
    A symbol is a person, place, thing, or event that not only represents itself but also represents something beyond itself. In other words, it carries a deeper meaning or significance. Symbols are often used in literature, art, and various forms of communication to convey abstract ideas or concepts in a more tangible or relatable way. They help to enhance the understanding and interpretation of the subject matter by evoking emotions and associations in the audience or reader.

    Rate this question:

Quiz Review Timeline +

Our quizzes are rigorously reviewed, monitored and continuously updated by our expert board to maintain accuracy, relevance, and timeliness.

  • Current Version
  • Mar 20, 2023
    Quiz Edited by
    ProProfs Editorial Team
  • Jan 10, 2013
    Quiz Created by
    Krazee_kendall22
Back to Top Back to top
Advertisement
×

Wait!
Here's an interesting quiz for you.

We have other quizzes matching your interest.