Sky View MS Literary TerMS

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Literary Terms Quizzes & Trivia

Multiple choice definitions for literary terms.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What literary term means "the amount of emphasis given to a syllable, which determines the rhythm in a poem"?
    • A. 

      Types

    • B. 

      Genre

    • C. 

      Stress

    • D. 

      Fable

  • 2. 
    What literary term means "the time and place of the action in a story"?
    • A. 

      Exposition

    • B. 

      Plot

    • C. 

      Personification

    • D. 

      Setting

  • 3. 
    What literary term means "an over-exaggeration used to make a point"?  Ex: My backpack weighs a ton!
    • A. 

      Personification

    • B. 

      Hyperbole

    • C. 

      Euphemism

    • D. 

      Epiphany

  • 4. 
    What lit. term means "the struggle between two opposing forces"?
    • A. 

      Conflict

    • B. 

      Proverb

    • C. 

      Crisis

    • D. 

      Hubris

  • 5. 
    What lit term means "a figure of speech where something is written about as if it were something else"? Ex: Margot was an old photograph dusted from an album, whitened away.
    • A. 

      Hyperbole

    • B. 

      Personification

    • C. 

      Simlie

    • D. 

      Metaphor

  • 6. 
    What lit. term means "when the opposite of what is expected happens, happens"? Ex: The fire house catches on fire.
    • A. 

      Drama

    • B. 

      Climax

    • C. 

      Irony

    • D. 

      Epiphany

  • 7. 
    What lit. term means "the main character in a literary work"?
    • A. 

      Foil character

    • B. 

      Antagonist

    • C. 

      Protagonist

    • D. 

      Exposition

  • 8. 
    What lit. term means "a comparison between two unlike things using the words like, as, or than"?   Ex: He's bigger than a house.
    • A. 

      Comparison

    • B. 

      Idiom

    • C. 

      Metaphor

    • D. 

      Simile

  • 9. 
    What lit. term means "events leading to the climax"?
    • A. 

      Coherence

    • B. 

      Denouement

    • C. 

      Rising action

    • D. 

      Exposition

  • 10. 
    What lit. term means "a traditional Japanese three-line poem using 5 syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third"?
    • A. 

      Ballad

    • B. 

      Haiku

    • C. 

      Stanza

    • D. 

      Sonnet

  • 11. 
    What lit. term means "an overused expression such as time is money or flat as a pancake. These phrases begin as vivd, original expressions but become uninteresting because of their overuse"?
    • A. 

      Analogy

    • B. 

      Cliche

    • C. 

      Idiom

    • D. 

      Acronym

  • 12. 
    What lit. term means "the feeling a reader gets when they read a story. It's created by the author using images, dialogue, and setting"?
    • A. 

      Prose

    • B. 

      Theme

    • C. 

      Tone

    • D. 

      Mood

  • 13. 
    What lit. term means "the time of the action, the main characters, and the basic situation are introduced in this part of the plot"?
    • A. 

      Theme

    • B. 

      Setting

    • C. 

      Exposition

    • D. 

      Moral

  • 14. 
    What lit. term means "when one or more lines repeats in a poem or song"?
    • A. 

      Limerick

    • B. 

      Refrain

    • C. 

      Iambic pentameter

    • D. 

      Free verse

  • 15. 
    What lit. term means "the emotional thoughts/associations we have about a word"? Ex: The word strange has negative emotional associations; the word unique had negative ones.
    • A. 

      Connotation

    • B. 

      Denotation

    • C. 

      Analogy

    • D. 

      Anecdote

  • 16. 
    What lit. term "makes a play on words using the double meaning of the words"? Ex: The Suite Life of Zach and Cody plays on the words suite and sweet. 
    • A. 

      Idiom

    • B. 

      Irony

    • C. 

      Juxtapose

    • D. 

      Pun

  • 17. 
    What lit. term means "the central underlying message the author tries to get across; it makes a statement about how people react with each other in life--a statement about the human condition"?
    • A. 

      Mood

    • B. 

      Tone

    • C. 

      Moral

    • D. 

      Theme

  • 18. 
    What lit. term means "the pattern of rhyming lines used in a poem represented by letters (using the last word of each line)"?
    • A. 

      Stress

    • B. 

      Meter

    • C. 

      Rhyme scheme

    • D. 

      Assonance

  • 19. 
    What lit. term means "the attitude a writer has toward his/her subject. It might be funny, angry, sarcastic, bitter, etc"?
    • A. 

      Mood

    • B. 

      Tone

    • C. 

      Moral

    • D. 

      Theme

  • 20. 
    What lit. term means "a point of view where the narrator is part of the action and uses the pronoun I and we"?
    • A. 

      First person

    • B. 

      Subjective

    • C. 

      Second person

    • D. 

      Third limited

  • 21. 
    What lit. term means "a story about a person's life written by that person"?
    • A. 

      Biography

    • B. 

      Autobiography

    • C. 

      Allusion

    • D. 

      Essay

  • 22. 
    What lit. term means "the basic dictionary meaning of a word"?
    • A. 

      Idiom

    • B. 

      Explicit meaning

    • C. 

      Connotation

    • D. 

      Denotation

  • 23. 
    What lit. term means "anything that appears/mentioned repeatedly in a literary work"?
    • A. 

      Motif

    • B. 

      Pattern

    • C. 

      Symbol

    • D. 

      Foreshadow

  • 24. 
    What lit. term means "using two contradictory words together"?
    • A. 

      Union

    • B. 

      Pun

    • C. 

      Oxymoron

    • D. 

      Conflict words

  • 25. 
    What lit. term means "events leading to the resolution"?
    • A. 

      Raising action

    • B. 

      Falling action

    • C. 

      Denouement

    • D. 

      Resolution

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