Rhetorical Devices And Techniques

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Rhetorical Devices And Techniques

Choose the correct technique or device after each example. Note that this is not a quiz; it is intended as a tool to acquire and identify rhetorical terms, so take notes.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    These devices were calculated to stir his audience into a rational hysteria.
    • A. 

      Apostrophe

    • B. 

      Oxymoron

    • C. 

      Parallelism

    • D. 

      Asyndeton

    • E. 

      Synecdoche

  • 2. 
    Come over Saturday night, and we'll break bread together.
    • A. 

      Simile

    • B. 

      Personification

    • C. 

      Pun

    • D. 

      Synecdoche

    • E. 

      Prepositional phrase

  • 3. 
    We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing-grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills.  Winston Churchill
    • A. 

      Synecdoche

    • B. 

      Epistrophe

    • C. 

      Anaphora

    • D. 

      Ellipses

    • E. 

      Polysyndeton

  • 4. 
    There is even, and it is the achievement of this book, a curious sense of happiness running through its paragraphs.  Norman Mailer
    • A. 

      Parenthesis

    • B. 

      Ellipsis

    • C. 

      Apostrophe

    • D. 

      Antithesis

    • E. 

      Chiasmus

  • 5. 
    Rape is the sexual sin of the mob, adultery of the bourgeoisie, and incest of the aristocracy.  John Updike
    • A. 

      Anaphora

    • B. 

      Climax

    • C. 

      Antithesis

    • D. 

      Hyperbole

    • E. 

      Ellipsis

  • 6. 
    . . .government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.  Abraham Lincoln
    • A. 

      Parenthesis

    • B. 

      Asyndeton

    • C. 

      Antithesis

    • D. 

      Chiasmus

    • E. 

      Anaphora

  • 7. 
    Our knowledge separates as well as it unites; our orders disintegrate as well as bind; our art brings us together and sets us apart.  J. Robert Oppenheimer
    • A. 

      Asyndeton

    • B. 

      Climax

    • C. 

      Antithesis

    • D. 

      Ellipsis

    • E. 

      Synecdoche

  • 8. 
    It is hard to make money, but to spend it is easy.
    • A. 

      Chiasmus

    • B. 

      Anaphora

    • C. 

      Climax

    • D. 

      Ellipsis

    • E. 

      Litotes

  • 9. 
    It shreds the nerves, it vivisects the psyche--and it may even scare the living daylights out of more than a few playgoers.  A review in Time, 1966
    • A. 

      Ellipsis

    • B. 

      Parenthesis

    • C. 

      Apostrophe

    • D. 

      Climax

    • E. 

      Chiasmus

  • 10. 
    Entertainer Frank Sinatra isn't the slow-burn type.  Article in Newsweek, 1965
    • A. 

      Hyperbole

    • B. 

      Anaphora

    • C. 

      Ellipsis

    • D. 

      Irony

    • E. 

      Litotes

  • 11. 
    By Spring, if God was good, all the proud privileges of trench lice, mustard gas, spattered brains, punctured lungs, ripped guts, asphyxiation, mud, and gangrene, might be his.  Thomas Wolfe
    • A. 

      Antithesis

    • B. 

      Anaphora

    • C. 

      Irony

    • D. 

      Hyperbole

    • E. 

      Apostrophe

  • 12. 
    O, eloquent, just, and mighty Death! whom none could advise, thou hast persuaded. . . .Thou hast drawn together all the far-stretched greatness, all the pride, cruelty, and ambition of a man, and covered it all with these two narrow words, Hic jacet.  Sir Walter Raleigh
    • A. 

      Asyndeton

    • B. 

      Ellipsis

    • C. 

      Anaphora

    • D. 

      Personification

    • E. 

      Apostrophe

  • 13. 
    Mother Tongue is a self-reliant female.  Charlton Laird
    • A. 

      Simile

    • B. 

      Personification

    • C. 

      Apostrophe

    • D. 

      Metaphor

    • E. 

      Synecdoche

  • 14. 
    We walked along a road in Cumberland and stooped, because the sky hung so low.  Thomas Wolfe
    • A. 

      Metaphor

    • B. 

      Personification

    • C. 

      Synecdoche

    • D. 

      Hyperbole

    • E. 

      Ellipsis

  • 15. 
    So let the class invent its own assignments. If it wants more sophistication, fine.  Peter Elbow
    • A. 

      Ellipsis

    • B. 

      Antithesis

    • C. 

      Metaphor

    • D. 

      Apostrophe

    • E. 

      Zeugma

  • 16. 
    He maintained a flourishing business and racehorse.
    • A. 

      Metaphor

    • B. 

      Zeugma

    • C. 

      Synecdoche

    • D. 

      Ellipsis

    • E. 

      Hyperbole

  • 17. 
    Any theory of post-historical society--our sense of being "in history" is largely determined by the pressure of political and social conflicts--will have to consider the dilemma of human motivations in the just city.  George Steiner
    • A. 

      Zeugma

    • B. 

      Apostrophe

    • C. 

      Anaphora

    • D. 

      Parenthesis

    • E. 

      Polysyndeton

  • 18. 
    Are there no roofs in this town where I can rest?
    • A. 

      Simile

    • B. 

      Metaphor

    • C. 

      Synecdoche

    • D. 

      Chiasmus

    • E. 

      Zeugma

  • 19. 
    Though studious, he was popular; though argumentative, he was modest; though inflexible, he was candid; and though metaphysical, yet orthodox.  Samuel Johnson
    • A. 

      Ellipsis

    • B. 

      Polysyndeton

    • C. 

      Antithesis

    • D. 

      Chiasmus

    • E. 

      Synecdoche

  • 20. 
    This semester I am taking English and history and biology and mathematics and sociology and physical education.
    • A. 

      Irony

    • B. 

      Polysyndeton

    • C. 

      Asyndeton

    • D. 

      Metaphor

    • E. 

      Climax

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