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  • 1. 

    "Lend me your ears" is an example of which literary term?

    • A.

      Irony

    • B.

      Euphemism

    • C.

      Simile

    • D.

      Synecdoche

    Correct Answer
    D. Synecdoche
    Explanation
    The phrase "Lend me your ears" is an example of synecdoche, a literary term where a part of something is used to represent the whole. In this case, "ears" represents the whole person, emphasizing the speaker's desire for the audience's attention and involvement.

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  • 2. 

    A type of figurative language that makes a direct comparison not using like or as:

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Oxymoron

    • C.

      Alliteration

    • D.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    D. Metaphor
    Explanation
    A metaphor is a type of figurative language that directly compares two things without using like or as. It is a literary device that helps to create vivid imagery and convey complex ideas in a concise and imaginative way. Unlike a simile, which uses like or as to make a comparison, a metaphor asserts that one thing is another thing. For example, saying "Her voice is music to my ears" is a metaphor, as it compares the pleasantness of someone's voice to the beauty of music.

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  • 3. 

    The use of indirect or polite language to express a concept generally considered unpleasant.

    • A.

      Euphemism

    • B.

      satire

    • C.

      Oxymoron

    • D.

      Theme

    Correct Answer
    A. Euphemism
    Explanation
    Euphemism refers to the use of indirect or polite language to express a concept that is generally considered unpleasant. It is a way of substituting a less offensive or harsh term for something that may be considered taboo or sensitive. This helps to soften the impact of the message and make it more socially acceptable or less offensive to the listener or reader. Satire, oxymoron, and theme do not specifically refer to the use of indirect or polite language, so they are not the correct answer in this context.

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  • 4. 

    A type of figurative language that makes a comparison using "like" or "as"

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Characterization

    • C.

      Oxymoron

    • D.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    A. Simile
    Explanation
    Simile is a type of figurative language that makes a comparison using "like" or "as". It is used to create vivid imagery and enhance the reader's understanding by comparing two unlike things. Unlike a metaphor, which directly states that one thing is another, a simile uses "like" or "as" to draw a comparison. Similes are commonly used in literature, poetry, and everyday language to make descriptions more interesting and relatable.

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  • 5. 

    A fat, smelly man spends all of his days on his couch eating potato chips, smoking cigarettes, and watching football. A skinny, handsome man spends his days working out, eating healthy, and going to church. The fat man lives to be 97 and marries a supermodel. The skinny man dies at 23 of a heart attack. What is this story an example of?

    • A.

      Coincidence

    • B.

      Irony

    • C.

      Oxymoron

    • D.

      Ode

    Correct Answer
    B. Irony
    Explanation
    This story is an example of irony because it presents a situation that is unexpected and contrary to what one would typically assume. It is ironic that the fat, unhealthy man lives a long life and marries a supermodel, while the skinny, healthy man dies young from a heart attack. This outcome goes against the conventional belief that living a healthy lifestyle leads to a longer life and success in relationships.

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  • 6. 

    In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, when Romeo finds Juliet in a drugged sleep, he assumes her to be dead and kills himself. Upon awakening to find her dead lover beside her, Juliet then kills herself. This is an example of:

    • A.

      Parody

    • B.

      Metonomy

    • C.

      Dramatic Irony

    • D.

      Euphemism

    Correct Answer
    C. Dramatic Irony
    Explanation
    In this scenario from Romeo and Juliet, the audience is aware that Juliet is not actually dead, but Romeo is not. This creates a sense of dramatic irony, as the audience knows more than the characters on stage. The audience watches as Romeo tragically takes his own life, unaware that Juliet will soon wake up and find him dead. Juliet's subsequent suicide adds to the tragic irony, as the audience knows that their deaths could have been avoided if only they had been aware of the truth.

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  • 7. 

    A complex, generally song lyric poem on a subject that is usually serious.

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Elegy

    • C.

      Ode

    • D.

      Sonnet

    Correct Answer
    C. Ode
    Explanation
    An ode is a type of poem that is characterized by its complex and lyrical nature. It is usually written on a serious subject and often expresses deep emotions or praise for something or someone. Odes are known for their elaborate structure and rich language, making them a suitable choice for a complex, song-like poem. Elegies, on the other hand, are poems that mourn the loss of someone or something, while sonnets are 14-line poems with a specific rhyme scheme. Metaphor, on the other hand, is a figure of speech used to make a comparison between two things.

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  • 8. 

    A humorous piece of writing that usually makes fun of foolish or evil behavior is called a(n)...

    • A.

      Exaggeration

    • B.

      Satire

    • C.

      Sketch

    • D.

      Sonnet

    Correct Answer
    B. Satire
    Explanation
    A humorous piece of writing that usually makes fun of foolish or evil behavior is called satire. Satire uses irony, sarcasm, and wit to criticize and mock individuals, institutions, or society as a whole. It often aims to bring about social or political change by exposing the flaws and absurdities of the subject being satirized. Satire can be found in various forms such as literature, plays, cartoons, and even in some forms of media.

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  • 9. 

    A humorous, satirical, or burlesque imitation of a person, event, or serious work of literature designed to ridicule in nonsensical fashion or to criticize by clever duplication is called a...

    Correct Answer
    Parody
    Explanation
    A parody is a form of imitation that uses humor, satire, or burlesque to mock or criticize a person, event, or serious work of literature in a nonsensical manner. It is a clever duplication that aims to ridicule the original work by exaggerating its elements or presenting them in a comical or absurd way. Parodies often rely on irony, wit, and exaggeration to entertain and make a point about the subject being parodied.

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  • 10. 

    "He is a man of the cloth" "The pen is mightier than the sword" "By the sweat of thy brow thou shalt eat thy bread" These are examples of...

    • A.

      Paradox

    • B.

      Polysyndeton

    • C.

      Metonymy

    • D.

      Simile

    Correct Answer
    C. Metonymy
    Explanation
    The given phrases "He is a man of the cloth", "The pen is mightier than the sword", and "By the sweat of thy brow thou shalt eat thy bread" are examples of metonymy. Metonymy is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is used to represent something closely associated with it. In these phrases, "man of the cloth" represents a clergyman, "pen" represents writing or literature, and "sweat of thy brow" represents hard work or labor.

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