Figures Of Speech Quiz: Can You Pass?

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Figure Of Speech Quizzes & Trivia

Figures of speech have been used by writers throughout time to get their readers to understand their concepts more. Do you think you can pass this figure of speech quiz removed from what we have covered in class so far? Let's check it now by taking this short grammatical quiz. After you are done, do share it with your classmates.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Figurative Speech 
  • 2. 
    After the stock market crash, many people's financial futures went into free fall.
  • 3. 
    He wanted his friends to realize that life is a journey and not a destination. —Lynn H. Hough 
  • 4. 
    In May 2014, when wildfires threatened parts of San Diego County in California, firefighters worked around the clock in an effort to control the blaze.
  • 5. 
    The water made a sound like kittens lapping.—Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, The Yearling
  • 6. 
    So we beat on . . . borne back ceaselessly into the past. —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
  • 7. 
    I got hit in the head by a can of soda. Luckily it was a soft drink.
  • 8. 
    A Chicago winter separates the men from the boys, especially newcomers from milder climes. The temperature frequently plunges below zero.
  • 9. 
    In the 1950s, there was great societal pressure on women to stay at home and raise children. Many women enjoyed doing so, but for others home was a prison they yearned to escape.
  • 10. 
    It's only forty miles to the ranch as the crow flies, but on the winding local roads, it takes about two hours.
  • 11. 
    "Your new hairstyle is so boring!" Cody remarked when his sister showed up with a pink-and-blue mohawk.
  • 12. 
    Throughout the ages, human beings have pondered the many mysteries of the moon.
  • 13. 
    After Scarlett cooked and served a scrumptious dinner, Dad boasted that she is the Julia Child of our family.
  • 14. 
    I was just beginning to yawn with nerves . . . when I knew his tattarrattat at the door. —James Joyce, Ulysses
  • 15. 
    During much of the twentieth century, artistic types were a dime a dozen in Greenwich Village.
  • 16. 
    If you're going to become true dodgeballers, then you've got to learn the five d's of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge!—Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
  • 17. 
    I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger, and then suddenly it hit me. 
  • 18. 
    When I was a teenager, reading was my ticket to foreign lands: I traveled to India, China, and Antarctica without ever leaving the comfort of my home.
  • 19. 
    The residents of Detroit will be delighted by today's forecast; they can expect another unpleasant weekend of heavy snow, sleet, and ice.
  • 20. 
    Michael's room is as tidy as an overgrown garden.
  • 21. 
    Problems emerge and some people try to sweep them under the rug. —Bill Condon, film director
  • 22. 
    It took a milliom years for Thomas to finish his homework! 
    • A. 

      Oxymoron

    • B. 

      Simile

    • C. 

      Hyperbole

    • D. 

      Paradox

  • 23. 
    The thundering silence is bothering me. 
    • A. 

      Paradox

    • B. 

      Audio irony

    • C. 

      Oxymoron

    • D. 

      Verbal irony

  • 24. 
    The person who wrote that book can't write. 
    • A. 

      Paradox

    • B. 

      Oxymoron

    • C. 

      Verbal irony

    • D. 

      Idiom

  • 25. 
    It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.
    • A. 

      Idiom

    • B. 

      Oxymoron

    • C. 

      Ironical speech

    • D. 

      Paradox

  • 26. 
    If you want peace, you must prepare for war.
    • A. 

      Historical irony

    • B. 

      Paradox

    • C. 

      Oxymoron

    • D. 

      Oxymorons

  • 27. 
    Euphemism: Jail
    • A. 

      Disciplinarian House

    • B. 

      Justice Court

    • C. 

      Correctional Facility

    • D. 

      Law Bars

  • 28. 
    What a liquid ditty floats, to the turtle -dove that listens while she gloats! - Edgar Allen Poe 
    • A. 

      Idiom

    • B. 

      Hyperbole

    • C. 

      Hyperbola

    • D. 

      Personification

  • 29. 
    Euphemism: Dead
    • A. 

      Mourge Content

    • B. 

      Lifeless body

    • C. 

      Zombie

    • D. 

      Negative Patient Outcome

  • 30. 
    Euphemism: Accidental Deaths
    • A. 

      Ethnic Cleansing

    • B. 

      Unexpected Absence

    • C. 

      Collateral Damage

    • D. 

      Early retiree