Literary Terms I Usage Quiz

By Bonnie Assef
Bonnie Assef, English Language Arts
Bonnie is a high school English Language Arts (ELA) teacher who also works part-time as an instructional technology coach.
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Quiz on the first 14 terms.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    A character is the person, thing, or item that the story focuses on. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In a story, a character refers to the person, thing, or item that the story revolves around. They are the central focus of the narrative and play a significant role in driving the plot forward. Characters can be human, animals, or even inanimate objects, depending on the nature of the story. They are responsible for creating conflict, developing relationships, and engaging the reader or audience. Therefore, the statement that a character is the person, thing, or item that the story focuses on is true.

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  • 2. 

    The setting of a story is the location only. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "The setting of a story is the location only" is incorrect. The setting of a story refers to more than just the location. It includes the time period, the social and cultural context, and the atmosphere or mood of the story. The setting helps to establish the background and environment in which the characters and events of the story take place, and it plays a crucial role in shaping the overall narrative.

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  • 3. 

    Mark and Anthony were arguing over the last piece of pizza. This is an example of _________________________________ . 

    Correct Answer
    conflict
    Explanation
    The given scenario of Mark and Anthony arguing over the last piece of pizza exemplifies conflict. Conflict refers to a disagreement or clash between individuals or groups due to opposing interests, opinions, or goals. In this case, Mark and Anthony have differing desires for the last piece of pizza, leading to a conflict between them.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following provides a characterization of the character?

    • A.

      Max is loud, obnoxious, smart and addicted to pain pills.

    • B.

      Max is tall and thin.

    • C.

      Max really needs to find money.

    • D.

      Max is late for school and needs a ride.

    Correct Answer
    A. Max is loud, obnoxious, smart and addicted to pain pills.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Max is loud, obnoxious, smart and addicted to pain pills." This answer provides a characterization of the character Max by describing his personality traits (loud, obnoxious, smart) and his addiction to pain pills. This answer gives insight into Max's behavior and habits, allowing the reader to form a clearer picture of his character.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following is an example of description? 

    • A.

      Rita is wild and carefree.

    • B.

      Rita is a 15 year old Hispanic American girl with long brownish-red hair and green eyes.

    • C.

      Rita looks pretty today.

    • D.

      Rita is the main character in my story.

    Correct Answer
    B. Rita is a 15 year old Hispanic American girl with long brownish-red hair and green eyes.
    Explanation
    The answer "Rita is a 15 year old Hispanic American girl with long brownish-red hair and green eyes" is an example of description because it provides specific details about Rita's age, ethnicity, physical appearance, and features. It gives a clear and detailed picture of what Rita looks like.

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  • 6. 

    The time and location of a story is the __________________.

    Correct Answer
    setting
    Explanation
    The time and location of a story is referred to as the setting. The setting helps to establish the context and atmosphere of the narrative, providing important details about when and where the events take place. It can include elements such as the time period, geographical location, social and cultural environment, and even the weather conditions. The setting plays a crucial role in shaping the overall tone and mood of the story, as well as influencing the actions and motivations of the characters.

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  • 7. 

    The writer of a piece is the _________________.

    Correct Answer
    author
    Explanation
    The writer of a piece is the author. The author is the person who creates or produces a written work, such as a book, article, or poem. They are responsible for the content, structure, and style of the piece. The author's name is usually mentioned or credited in the work to identify their role in its creation.

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  • 8. 

    When you use descriptive adjectives to help paint an IMAGE or PICTURE in the reader's mind, you are using ____________________.

    Correct Answer
    imagery
    Explanation
    When you use descriptive adjectives to help paint an image or picture in the reader's mind, you are using imagery. Imagery refers to the use of vivid and descriptive language to create mental images and sensory experiences for the reader. It helps to enhance the reader's understanding and engagement with the text by appealing to their senses and imagination.

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  • 9. 

    HOW the author writes the story shows his or her _______________ or way of writing. 

    Correct Answer
    style
    Explanation
    The author's style refers to the way they write the story, including their choice of words, sentence structure, and overall tone. It reflects their unique approach and individuality as a writer. By examining the author's style, readers can gain insights into their creativity, storytelling techniques, and the overall impact they aim to achieve with their writing.

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  • 10. 

    The sequence of events in a story make up the __________________. For example: First, I woke up. Then, I remembered today was the day. Today I face my fears. The clowns are coming to town. 

    Correct Answer
    plot
    Explanation
    The sequence of events in a story make up the plot. In this example, the events of waking up, remembering the day, and facing fears with the arrival of clowns form the plot of the story. The plot is the structure that drives the narrative and reveals the progression of events and their impact on the characters and the overall story.

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  • 11. 

    The _________________ of a story is how it make the person reading FEEL. The setting can help set this element. 

    Correct Answer
    mood
    Explanation
    The mood of a story refers to the emotional atmosphere created by the author, which influences how the reader feels while reading the story. The setting of the story can contribute to establishing this mood by providing details about the time, place, and environment in which the events take place.

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  • 12. 

    A problem, struggle or fight that the characters face or are involved in is called __________________. 

    Correct Answer
    conflict
    Explanation
    A problem, struggle, or fight that the characters face or are involved in is referred to as a conflict. This conflict can be internal (within a character's mind) or external (between characters or with the environment). It adds tension and drives the plot forward, creating obstacles for the characters to overcome and leading to the development of the story.

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  • 13. 

    ____________________ is when a person expects one thing to happen but the opposite occurs.  Example: The fire station burns down. 

    Correct Answer
    irony
    Explanation
    Irony is when there is a contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually happens. In this example, the fire station, which is supposed to be a place that protects against fires, ironically burns down. This situation is unexpected and goes against the expectation, thus demonstrating irony.

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  • 14. 

    The overall message or main idea of the writing is called the ___________________. This is usually a moral or statement about life such as "Violence never solves the problem - it just creates more."   

    Correct Answer
    theme
    Explanation
    The overall message or main idea of a piece of writing is referred to as the theme. It is usually a moral or statement about life that the author wants to convey to the readers. In this case, the theme is exemplified by the statement "Violence never solves the problem - it just creates more," which suggests that the author's main idea is to emphasize the negative consequences of violence and promote non-violent solutions.

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  • 15. 

    The person who tells the story provides the information from his/her/its __________________.  There are three main types. 

    Correct Answer
    point of view
    Explanation
    The person telling the story is the one providing the information, and this information is presented from their own perspective or point of view. This means that the story is told from their unique vantage point, which can influence the way the events are portrayed and interpreted. The three main types of point of view in storytelling are first person, where the narrator is a character in the story; second person, where the narrator directly addresses the reader or listener; and third person, where the narrator is an outsider observing the story.

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  • 16. 

    The _____________________ of a piece is how it SOUNDS. The words the writer choose sets the ______________ of the pieces. 

    Correct Answer
    tone
    Explanation
    The tone of a piece refers to the overall sound or emotional quality that is conveyed. It is determined by the choice of words and the way they are used by the writer. The tone sets the mood or atmosphere of the piece, influencing how the reader perceives and interprets the content.

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  • 17. 

    If the author tells about the personality of a character, he is using _______________________.

    Correct Answer
    characterization
    Explanation
    When the author tells about the personality of a character, he is using characterization. Characterization refers to the process of creating and developing a character in a story, including their traits, behaviors, and motivations. By describing a character's personality, the author is providing insight into who they are and how they may act in the story. This helps the reader to better understand and connect with the character.

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  • 18. 

    "She is wearing a bright blue sundress with a yellow headband and perfume that smells like the beach." This sentence is an example of imagery. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This sentence is an example of imagery because it uses descriptive language to create a vivid mental image of the person's appearance and the sensory experience of the perfume. The use of words like "bright blue," "yellow," and "smells like the beach" appeals to the reader's senses and helps them visualize the scene in their mind.

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  • 19. 

    Which of the following is an example of plot? 

    • A.

      I got up late and rushed to the bus.

    • B.

      The day over, I fell into bed.

    • C.

      First, I got up late and rushed to the bus. Then, I failed two quizzes and had volleyball practice. Finally, I fell into bed.

    • D.

      First, I got up late. Last, I went to bed.

    Correct Answer
    C. First, I got up late and rushed to the bus. Then, I failed two quizzes and had volleyball practice. Finally, I fell into bed.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is an example of plot because it presents a sequence of events that follow a logical order. It starts with the protagonist waking up late and rushing to catch the bus, then experiencing setbacks such as failing quizzes and having volleyball practice, and finally, the day ends with the protagonist falling into bed. This sequence of events creates a narrative structure and demonstrates a cause-and-effect relationship between the different actions, which is a characteristic of a plot.

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  • 20. 

    Check all options that include description. 

    • A.

      Mark is the main character.

    • B.

      Mark is 16 years old and plays football.

    • C.

      Taylor is a tomboy who loves to play football and hockey.

    • D.

      Taylor is a girl.

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Mark is 16 years old and plays football.
    C. Taylor is a tomboy who loves to play football and hockey.
    Explanation
    The correct answer includes descriptions of both Mark and Taylor. It states that Mark is 16 years old and plays football, and that Taylor is a tomboy who loves to play football and hockey.

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  • 21. 

    Check any items that include characterization. 

    • A.

      Micah is loud, angry and moody.

    • B.

      Jaysen is cute.

    • C.

      Mukaylee is sweet, caring and fun-loving.

    • D.

      Watson is mean and never on time.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Micah is loud, angry and moody.
    C. Mukaylee is sweet, caring and fun-loving.
    D. Watson is mean and never on time.
    Explanation
    The given answer includes the items that provide characterization because it describes the personality traits and behaviors of the characters. It provides information about Micah being loud, angry, and moody, Mukaylee being sweet, caring, and fun-loving, and Watson being mean and never on time. These descriptions help to create a picture of the characters' personalities and give insight into their behavior and attitudes.

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  • 22. 

    I am a very laid-back person who likes to do things my own way. I only wear comfortable clothes even if they are not fashionable, I love wearing my curly hair in crazy ways, and I wait until the last minute to do everything.  

    • A.

      Description

    • B.

      Imagery

    • C.

      Style

    • D.

      Tone

    Correct Answer
    C. Style
    Explanation
    The given answer, "style," is the best fit for the description provided. The passage describes the person's preference for comfortable clothes and unconventional hairstyles, which indicates a particular style of dressing and grooming. Additionally, the mention of waiting until the last minute to do everything suggests a laid-back and relaxed approach to life, which can also be considered a personal style.

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  • 23. 

    The ____________________ of this passage is humorous. The author uses words to make the piece sound funny and silly. 

    • A.

      Mood

    • B.

      Plot

    • C.

      Theme

    • D.

      Tone

    Correct Answer
    D. Tone
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "tone." Tone refers to the author's attitude or feelings towards the subject matter. In this case, the author's use of words to make the passage sound funny and silly indicates a humorous tone. The author's choice of language and the overall feel of the passage contribute to the humorous tone.

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  • 24. 

    Check any of the following examples that include irony.

    • A.

      The fire station burned down.

    • B.

      I woke up late and I was late for school.

    • C.

      The safety manager is in the hospital because he fell off a chair at work.

    • D.

      I saved up all my summer money for tickets and then my mom won them from the radio station.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. The fire station burned down.
    C. The safety manager is in the hospital because he fell off a chair at work.
    D. I saved up all my summer money for tickets and then my mom won them from the radio station.
    Explanation
    The given examples demonstrate irony because they involve unexpected or contradictory situations. In the first example, it is ironic that a fire station, which is supposed to be a place that deals with fires, actually burns down. In the second example, it is ironic that the safety manager, whose job is to ensure safety, ends up in the hospital due to a simple chair accident. In the third example, it is ironic that someone saves money to buy tickets, but then their mom wins the tickets for free.

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Bonnie Assef |English Language Arts
Bonnie is a high school English Language Arts (ELA) teacher who also works part-time as an instructional technology coach.

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