Mcc Year 8 Poetry Quiz

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Poetry Devices terms and their definitions.


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  • 1. 

    Repeated consonant sounds at the beginning of words placed near each other, usually on the same or adjacent lines.

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Allusion

    • C.

      Alliteration

    • D.

      Rhyme

    Correct Answer
    C. Alliteration
    Explanation
    Alliteration refers to the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words placed near each other. It is commonly used in poetry and literature to create a rhythmic and melodic effect. In this case, the correct answer is alliteration because it accurately describes the repeated consonant sounds at the beginning of words placed near each other, as mentioned in the given explanation.

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  • 2. 

    A rhetorical device where the speaker of the poem addresses a non-human object as if it can hear him or her, but expects no reply in return.

    • A.

      Consonance

    • B.

      Apostrophe

    • C.

      Imagery

    • D.

      Juxtaposition

    Correct Answer
    B. Apostrophe
    Explanation
    Apostrophe is a rhetorical device where the speaker of the poem addresses a non-human object as if it can hear him or her, but expects no reply in return. This means that the speaker is directly speaking to something that cannot respond, such as an inanimate object or an abstract concept. It is a way for the poet to convey their emotions or thoughts to something that cannot understand or reply, adding emphasis and depth to the poem.

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  • 3. 

    An outrageous exaggeration used for effect.

    • A.

      Free Verse

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Assonance

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    D. Hyperbole
    Explanation
    Hyperbole is a figure of speech that involves extreme exaggeration for emphasis or dramatic effect. It is used to make a point or create a vivid image in the reader's mind. In this context, an outrageous exaggeration is being described, which aligns with the definition of hyperbole. Free verse, simile, and assonance are not related to exaggerated statements, making hyperbole the correct answer.

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  • 4. 

    A reference to some person, historical event, work of art, or Biblical or mythological situation or character.

    • A.

      Consonance

    • B.

      Assonance

    • C.

      Allusion

    • D.

      Imagery

    Correct Answer
    C. Allusion
    Explanation
    Allusion refers to a reference made to a person, historical event, work of art, or Biblical or mythological situation or character. It is a literary device used by writers to enhance their work by drawing upon the reader's knowledge or familiarity with the referenced subject. In this context, allusion is the correct answer as it best fits the given description. Consonance refers to the repetition of consonant sounds, assonance refers to the repetition of vowel sounds, and imagery refers to the use of vivid and descriptive language to create mental images.

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  • 5. 

    A contradictory statement or situation to reveal a reality different from what appears to be true.

    • A.

      Sonnet

    • B.

      Couplet

    • C.

      Blank verse

    • D.

      Irony

    Correct Answer
    D. Irony
    Explanation
    Irony is a literary device used to reveal a reality that is different from what appears to be true. It involves a contradictory statement or situation that highlights a contrast between expectations and reality. In this context, irony would be the most suitable choice as it aligns with the description provided. Sonnet, couplet, and blank verse are all different poetic forms and do not necessarily involve a contradictory statement or situation.

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  • 6. 

    An understatement, used to lessen the effect of a statement; substituting something innocuous for something that might be offensive or hurtful.

    • A.

      Euphemism

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Onomatopoeia

    • D.

      Inversion

    Correct Answer
    A. Euphemism
    Explanation
    An euphemism is a figure of speech that is used to substitute a mild or less offensive term for one that might be considered harsh, offensive, or hurtful. It is a way of lessening the impact or effect of a statement by using a more polite or indirect expression. In this case, the correct answer is "Euphemism" because it perfectly matches the given explanation.

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  • 7. 

    Repeated vowel sounds in words placed near each other, usually on the same or adjacent lines.

    • A.

      Assonance

    • B.

      Extended Metaphor

    • C.

      Imagery

    • D.

      Metre

    Correct Answer
    A. Assonance
    Explanation
    Assonance refers to the repetition of vowel sounds in words that are placed near each other, often on the same or adjacent lines. This literary technique is used to create a musical or rhythmic effect in the text. It adds emphasis and creates a pleasing sound to the reader's ear. It is different from rhyme because it focuses on the vowel sounds rather than the entire word.

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  • 8. 

    'He’s a zero.' is an example of what poetry technique?

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Personification

    • D.

      Inversion

    Correct Answer
    A. Metaphor
    Explanation
    The phrase "He's a zero" is an example of a metaphor. In this case, the speaker is using the word "zero" to describe someone, implying that they have no value or significance. Metaphors involve comparing two things without using "like" or "as" as in a simile, and in this example, the comparison is made implicitly.

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  • 9. 

    A comparison, usually something unfamiliar with something familiar.

    • A.

      Analogy

    • B.

      Rhyme

    • C.

      Ellipsis

    • D.

      Sonnet

    Correct Answer
    A. Analogy
    Explanation
    An analogy is a comparison between two things that are usually unfamiliar with each other, in order to explain or illustrate a concept. It helps to make complex ideas more understandable by relating them to something familiar. In this context, an analogy would be the most appropriate choice as it aligns with the description provided in the question. Rhyme refers to the similarity of sounds at the end of words, ellipsis is the omission of words or phrases, and a sonnet is a specific type of poem with a defined structure.

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  • 10. 

    The emotional, psychological or social overtones of a word; its implications and associations apart from its literal meaning.

    • A.

      Connotation

    • B.

      Sonnet

    • C.

      Shakespearean Sonnet

    • D.

      Ellipsis

    Correct Answer
    A. Connotation
    Explanation
    Connotation refers to the emotional, psychological, or social associations and implications that are attached to a word, beyond its literal meaning. It is the additional meaning or feeling that a word evokes, based on cultural, personal, or historical factors. Connotation can vary among individuals or communities, and it plays a crucial role in shaping the overall tone and message of a piece of writing or speech.

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  • 11. 

    A division of a poem created by arranging the lines into a unit, often repeated in the same pattern of meter and rhyme throughout the poem; a unit of poetic lines (a “paragraph” within the poem).

    • A.

      Verbal Irony

    • B.

      Symbol

    • C.

      Stanza

    • D.

      Blank Verse

    Correct Answer
    C. Stanza
    Explanation
    A stanza is a division of a poem created by arranging the lines into a unit. It is often repeated in the same pattern of meter and rhyme throughout the poem. A stanza can be seen as a "paragraph" within the poem, where a group of lines form a cohesive unit. It helps to organize the thoughts and structure of the poem, allowing the poet to convey their message effectively. Verbal irony and symbol are different literary devices, while blank verse refers to unrhymed poetry written in iambic pentameter.

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  • 12. 

    A question solely for effect, which does not require an answer. By the implication the answer is obvious, it is a means of achieving an emphasis stronger than a direct statement.

    • A.

      Unanswerable Question

    • B.

      Rhetorical Question

    • C.

      Indirect Question

    • D.

      Direct Question

    Correct Answer
    B. Rhetorical Question
    Explanation
    A rhetorical question is a question that is asked for effect or to make a point, rather than to elicit a direct answer. It is often used to emphasize a statement or to engage the audience in a thought-provoking manner. In this case, the question is described as "solely for effect" and "by implication the answer is obvious," indicating that it is a rhetorical question.

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  • 13. 

    The means by which a poet reveals attitudes and feelings, in the style of language or expression of thought used to develop the subject.

    • A.

      Tone

    • B.

      Irony

    • C.

      Symbol

    • D.

      Situational Irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Tone
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Tone" because tone refers to the attitude or mood that the poet conveys through their choice of language, style, and expression. It is the means by which the poet reveals their attitudes and feelings towards the subject they are writing about.

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  • 14. 

    "Her eyes are like comets." this is an example of what technique?

    • A.

      Imagery

    • B.

      Personification

    • C.

      Simile

    • D.

      Meter

    Correct Answer
    C. Simile
    Explanation
    The phrase "Her eyes are like comets" is comparing the woman's eyes to comets using the word "like," which indicates a similarity between the two. This is a clear example of a simile, a figure of speech that compares two different things using "like" or "as." Similes are often used in literature to create vivid and imaginative descriptions, allowing readers to visualize and understand the subject more effectively.

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  • 15. 

    A Japanese form of poetry consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables

    • A.

      Haiku

    • B.

      Shakespearean Sonnet

    • C.

      Couplet

    • D.

      Ballad

    Correct Answer
    A. Haiku
    Explanation
    A haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that consists of three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the third line has five syllables. Haikus often capture a single moment or image in nature and evoke a sense of emotion or reflection. This form of poetry is known for its brevity and simplicity, allowing for a powerful impact with few words.

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  • 16. 

    The use of vivid language to generate ideas and/or evoke mental images, not only of the visual sense, but of sensation and emotion as well.

    • A.

      Inversion

    • B.

      Imagery

    • C.

      Rhyme Scheme

    • D.

      Free Verse

    Correct Answer
    B. Imagery
    Explanation
    Imagery refers to the use of vivid language that creates mental images and evokes sensations and emotions. It goes beyond just visual descriptions and includes other senses as well. By using descriptive and sensory language, imagery helps to engage the reader's imagination and make the writing more vivid and impactful.

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  • 17. 

    'Time, slime, mime,' are all words that?

    • A.

      Rhyme

    • B.

      Stanza

    • C.

      Blank Verse

    • D.

      Free Verse

    Correct Answer
    A. Rhyme
    Explanation
    The given words 'time, slime, mime' all have the same ending sound '-ime', which indicates that they rhyme. Rhyme refers to the repetition of similar sounds in the final stressed syllables of words. In this case, all the words end with the same sound, making them rhyme with each other.

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  • 18. 

    'The days crept by slowly, sorrowfully.' This line is an example of what technique?

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      End Rhyme

    • C.

      Personification

    • D.

      Assonance

    Correct Answer
    C. Personification
    Explanation
    The line "The days crept by slowly, sorrowfully" is an example of personification because it assigns human characteristics (creeping, sorrowful) to the non-human entity of "days." This technique helps to create a sense of the days being alive and experiencing emotions, enhancing the emotional impact of the sentence.

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  • 19. 

    A light or humorous form of five lines in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet.

    • A.

      Limerick

    • B.

      Shape Poem

    • C.

      Free Verse

    • D.

      Blank Verse

    Correct Answer
    A. Limerick
    Explanation
    A limerick is a form of poetry that consists of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, while the third and fourth lines form a rhymed couplet. Limericks are known for their light and humorous tone.

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  • 20. 

    'I Hear the steady tick of the old hall clock,' This line uses what well known technique?

    • A.

      Onomatopoeia

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Alliteration

    • D.

      Simile

    Correct Answer
    A. Onomatopoeia
    Explanation
    The given line "I Hear the steady tick of the old hall clock" uses the technique of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia refers to the use of words that imitate the sound they represent. In this case, the word "tick" imitates the sound of a clock ticking, creating a vivid auditory image in the reader's mind.

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  • 21. 

    An ordinary object, event, animal, or person to which we have attached extraordinary meaning and significance – a flag to represent a country, a lion to represent courage.

    • A.

      Rhythm

    • B.

      Meter

    • C.

      Haiku

    • D.

      Symbol

    Correct Answer
    D. Symbol
    Explanation
    A symbol is an ordinary object, event, animal, or person to which we have attached extraordinary meaning and significance. It represents something beyond its literal definition and is used to convey a deeper message or idea. In the given context, a flag representing a country and a lion representing courage are both examples of symbols. These objects hold a symbolic value and are used to communicate and evoke emotions or ideas associated with the country or courage.

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  • 22. 

    The organization of speech stressess (verbal stresses) into a regular pattern. . Example: I THOUGHT I SAW a PUSsyCAT.

    • A.

      Free Verse

    • B.

      Rhythm

    • C.

      Assonance

    • D.

      Alliteration

    Correct Answer
    B. Rhythm
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Rhythm" because it refers to the regular pattern of stress in speech. Rhythm is an important element in poetry and it helps to create a musical quality in the language. In the given example, the stressed syllables are capitalized to show the pattern of stress. This regular pattern of stress helps to create a rhythmic flow in the speech, making it an example of rhythm.

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  • 23. 

    The purposeful re-use of words and phrases for an effect. Example: I was glad; so very, very glad.

    • A.

      Meter

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Personification

    • D.

      Repetition

    Correct Answer
    D. Repetition
    Explanation
    Repetition refers to the intentional use of words or phrases for emphasis or to create a specific effect. It involves repeating certain words or phrases multiple times within a text. In the given example, the phrase "so very, very glad" is repeated to emphasize the intensity of the speaker's happiness. This repetition serves to emphasize the speaker's strong emotions and adds emphasis to the overall message of the sentence.

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  • 24. 

    Any verse made up of unrhymed lines, all in the same meter. Example: Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun, And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.

    • A.

      Allusion

    • B.

      Hyperbole

    • C.

      Free Verse

    • D.

      Blank Verse

    Correct Answer
    D. Blank Verse
    Explanation
    Blank verse is a type of poetry that consists of unrhymed lines, all in the same meter. It is often used in dramatic or narrative poetry, and is characterized by its natural and conversational tone. Unlike free verse, which has no set meter or rhyme scheme, blank verse still follows a specific meter, typically iambic pentameter. In the example given, the lines do not rhyme but maintain a consistent meter, making it an example of blank verse.

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  • 25. 

    A series of marks that usually indicate an intentional omission of a word, sentence or whole section from the original text being quoted. This technique can also be used to indicate an unfinished thought or, at the end of a sentence, a trailing off into silence. Example: "But I thought he was . . ."

    • A.

      Allusion

    • B.

      Personification

    • C.

      Meter

    • D.

      Ellipsis

    Correct Answer
    D. Ellipsis
    Explanation
    An ellipsis is a series of marks that indicate the intentional omission of words, sentences, or a whole section from a quoted text. It can also be used to indicate an unfinished thought or a trailing off into silence. In the given example, the use of ellipsis ("But I thought he was . . .") suggests that the speaker's thought is left unfinished or trails off into silence. Therefore, the correct answer is Ellipsis.

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  • 26. 

    Poetry that expresses personal and emotional feelings; it is most commonly sung.

    • A.

      Sonnet

    • B.

      Lyric Poetry

    • C.

      Blank Verse

    • D.

      Limerick

    Correct Answer
    B. Lyric Poetry
    Explanation
    Lyric poetry is the correct answer because it is a form of poetry that focuses on expressing personal and emotional feelings. It is commonly associated with music and is often sung or set to music. This form of poetry allows the poet to convey their innermost thoughts and emotions in a lyrical and often melodic manner. Sonnets, blank verse, and limericks are different forms of poetry that may not necessarily emphasize personal and emotional expression as much as lyric poetry does.

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  • 27. 

    A combination of two words that appear to contradict each other. Example: a pointless point of view; bittersweet

    • A.

      Irony

    • B.

      Euphemism

    • C.

      Oxymoron

    • D.

      Alliteration

    Correct Answer
    C. Oxymoron
    Explanation
    An oxymoron is a combination of two words that seem to contradict each other. It is a figure of speech that combines contradictory or opposite terms to create a unique and often humorous effect. Examples of oxymorons include "jumbo shrimp," "living dead," and "deafening silence." The term "oxymoron" is derived from the Greek words "oxy" meaning "sharp" or "pointed" and "moros" meaning "foolish" or "dull." In an oxymoron, the contrasting words are used together to create a paradoxical or ironic statement.

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  • 28. 

    The speaker/charater in the poem. This is not the author.

    • A.

      Persona

    • B.

      Characterisation

    • C.

      Irony

    • D.

      Rhyme

    Correct Answer
    A. Persona
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Persona." In poetry, persona refers to the speaker or character assumed by the poet, which may or may not reflect the poet's own thoughts and experiences. The persona allows the poet to adopt different voices and perspectives, enabling them to explore different emotions, ideas, or situations. This technique adds depth and complexity to the poem, as the reader is invited to consider the poem from the perspective of the persona rather than assuming it represents the poet's own beliefs or experiences.

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  • 29. 

    The method of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.

    • A.

      Persona

    • B.

      Analogy

    • C.

      Juxtaposition

    • D.

      Oxymoron

    Correct Answer
    C. Juxtaposition
    Explanation
    Juxtaposition refers to the act of placing things close together or side by side for the purpose of comparison or contrast. It is a literary technique commonly used to highlight the differences or similarities between two ideas, objects, or characters. Juxtaposition helps to create a vivid and impactful effect, allowing the reader to better understand the intended message or theme.

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  • 30. 

    Often, this type of poetry is a symbolic narrative that has not only a literal meaning, but a larger one meant to teach and is understood only after reading the entire story or poem.

    • A.

      Lyric Poem

    • B.

      Allegorical

    • C.

      Shape Poem

    • D.

      Limerick

    Correct Answer
    B. Allegorical
    Explanation
    Allegorical poetry is characterized by its use of symbolism to convey a deeper meaning. It often tells a story or portrays characters that represent abstract ideas or moral lessons. The literal meaning of the poem is just the surface level, and the true message is revealed through careful analysis and interpretation of the symbols and metaphors used. This type of poetry requires the reader to read the entire piece in order to fully understand and appreciate its intended message.

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