Literature Genres And Literary Terms Exam

22 Questions | Total Attempts: 126

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Literature Quizzes & Trivia

The following questions are about the literature genres, subgenres, and literary terms and devices we have discussed over the past two weeks.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    This fictional story, which is about a young girl who uses her newfound love of reading to escape from the horrors of World War II in Europe, is an example of which subgenre of literature?
    • A. 

      Autobiography

    • B. 

      Folk Tales

    • C. 

      Historical Fiction

    • D. 

      Tragedy

  • 2. 
    The Florida Times-Union newspaper is informational text, which belongs to which major genre of literature?
    • A. 

      Drama/Plays

    • B. 

      Nonfiction

    • C. 

      Poetry

    • D. 

      Folklore

  • 3. 
    The novel Ender’s Game, which features a talented young man who is trained to lead an intergalactic battle against an alien race, is an example of which subgenre of literature?
    • A. 

      Gothic/Horror

    • B. 

      Mystery and Suspense

    • C. 

      Realistic Fiction

    • D. 

      Science Fiction

  • 4. 
    Mr. Isaacson's detailed account of the events of Albert Einstein’s life is an example of which subgenre of literature?
    • A. 

      Autobiography

    • B. 

      Biography

    • C. 

      Comedy

    • D. 

      Memoir

  • 5. 
    The pensieve is a wizarding tool used frequently throughout the Harry Potter books (after first appearing in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) to store memories that may be important later. Harry accesses several of those memories in subsequent books, and they reveal secrets that help Harry understand things that are happening to him and around him. The pensieve is a rather creative example of an author’s use of which of these literary terms?
    • A. 

      Allusion

    • B. 

      Conflict

    • C. 

      Flashback

    • D. 

      Irony

  • 6. 
    “It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.” The protagonist’s description of the imagined sound of the old man’s heartbeat is an example of what type of figurative language?
    • A. 

      Allusion

    • B. 

      Hyperbole

    • C. 

      Metaphor

    • D. 

      Simile

  • 7. 
    In the early Star Wars episodes, young Anakin Skywalker’s shadow appears to take on the form of what Anakin would someday become—the Sith Lord, Darth Vader. This scene is an example of which of the following literary devices?
    • A. 

      Alliteration

    • B. 

      Foreshadowing

    • C. 

      Personification

    • D. 

      Simile

  • 8. 
    When Forrest Gump said “life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get,” the author was using which of the following forms of figurative language?
    • A. 

      Alliteration

    • B. 

      Hyperbole

    • C. 

      Simile

    • D. 

      Symbolism

  • 9. 
    In Fall Out Boy’s recent song “Uma Thurman,” the chorus mentions that “she wants to dance like Uma Thurman,” referencing a scene in the film (adapted from a book) “Pulp Fiction” in which Uma’s character enjoys a carefree dance at a diner. The song never explains the reference, but expects the listener/reader to understand the background story. These lyrics are an example of which of the following literary devices?
    • A. 

      Allusion

    • B. 

      Metaphor

    • C. 

      Onomatopoeia

    • D. 

      Personification

  • 10. 
    Treebeard, a character in J.R.R Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings, not only speaks with great intelligence, but also participates in battle. The author’s characterization of Treebeard is an example of which of the following types of figurative language?
    • A. 

      Allusion

    • B. 

      Hyperbole

    • C. 

      Irony

    • D. 

      Personification

  • 11. 
    This poor student has a bunch of homework to do, and he is struggling to make it home because his books weigh a ton! This exaggerated illustration of the student’s thoughts is an example of which type of figurative language?
    • A. 

      Hyperbole

    • B. 

      Irony

    • C. 

      Metaphor

    • D. 

      Simile

  • 12. 
    This is certainly NOT the outcome that Calvin was expecting…rather than being the dominant bully against Susie, he was on the receiving end of a far more powerful force! This comic strip’s unexpected outcome is an example of an author’s use of which of the following literary devices?
    • A. 

      Allusion

    • B. 

      Irony

    • C. 

      Metaphor

    • D. 

      Personification

  • 13. 
    This classic play by the great William Shakespeare, which has been performed and studied for centuries, is the story of madly-in-love teenagers from two warring families. Unlike most Hollywood endings, Romeo and Juliet ends with the deaths of the star-crossed lovers. This work of literature belongs to which subgenre of drama?
    • A. 

      Comedy

    • B. 

      Realistic Fiction

    • C. 

      Tall Tales

    • D. 

      Tragedy

  • 14. 
    See blank #2 and provide an answer below.As conflict occurs in the story, events build up to the climax of the plot. What are those events called?
  • 15. 
    The picture above depicts a scene in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games; this dramatic scene creates the greatest suspense in the entire novel, as the protagonist (Katniss) decides to force the Gamemaker to choose to let two survivors win the Games or allow them to kill themselves and have no victor for the Games. This scene describes the _________ of the book.
    • A. 

      Climax

    • B. 

      Exposition

    • C. 

      Resolution

    • D. 

      Rising Action

  • 16. 
    These lyrics from Katy Perry’s song are an example of which type of figurative language?
    • A. 

      Metaphor

    • B. 

      Onomatopoeia

    • C. 

      Simile

    • D. 

      Tragedy

  • 17. 
    Look at blank #3 on the diagram and provide an answer to the question below:The point of highest suspense in the story, at which point the main character is often faced with a difficult decision to make or dramatic action to take, represents the turning point of the story. What is that part of the plot called?
  • 18. 
    When an author uses an object or action to mean something more than its literal meaning, the author is using which literary device?
    • A. 

      Irony

    • B. 

      Overstatement

    • C. 

      Allusion

    • D. 

      Symbolism

  • 19. 
    Look at blank #4 in the plot diagram and answer the question below:After the climax of the story, all the events that occur to lead to the resolution are called ______.
  • 20. 
    Look at blank #5 on the plot diagram and answer the question below:When all the parts of the storyline have been completed and answered and the conflict has been solved, the ending of the story is called the __________.
  • 21. 
    When a word imitates the sound it represents (ex: buzz, pop, pow), it is a literary device called _______.
    • A. 

      Imagery

    • B. 

      Symbol

    • C. 

      Alliteration

    • D. 

      Onomatopoeia

  • 22. 
    In "Toy Story 2," Jessie the cowgirl doll uses the song "When Somebody Loved Me" to share her memories of the little girl who used to play with her. The scenes (memories) we see during that song are an example of what literary device?
    • A. 

      Annoying Disney music.

    • B. 

      Comedy

    • C. 

      Flashback

    • D. 

      Melodrama