Literary Device Pre-assessment Quiz

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Literary Device Pre-assessment Quiz - Quiz

Use your prior knowledge of literary devices to complete this pre-assessment activity.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

     "Polly Pocket picked a purple plant" is an example of:

    • A.

      Alliteration

    • B.

      Contrast

    • C.

      Simile

    • D.

      Personifcation

    Correct Answer
    A. Alliteration
    Explanation
    The sentence "Polly Pocket picked a purple plant" is an example of alliteration because it uses the repetition of the "p" sound at the beginning of each word. Alliteration is a literary device that emphasizes and adds rhythm to a sentence by repeating the same sound or letter in nearby words. In this case, the repeated "p" sound in "Polly Pocket picked a purple plant" creates a pleasing and memorable effect.

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  • 2. 

     An extreme exaggeration is called a(n)

    • A.

      Allusion

    • B.

      Hyperbole

    • C.

      Oxymoron

    • D.

      Simile

    Correct Answer
    B. Hyperbole
    Explanation
    A hyperbole is a figure of speech that involves extreme exaggeration to emphasize a point or create a dramatic effect. It is used to make a statement more impactful or to add humor to a situation. In this case, the correct answer is hyperbole because it best describes the concept of an extreme exaggeration. The other options, allusion, oxymoron, and simile, do not specifically refer to exaggeration.

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  • 3. 

     Which is NOT a form of conflict?

    • A.

      Man vs. Man

    • B.

      Man vs. Himself

    • C.

      Man vs. Nature

    • D.

      All of the above are examples of conflict

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above are examples of conflict
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that all of the given options are examples of conflict. The question asks for a form of conflict that is not listed, but since all the options are examples of conflict, there is no correct answer that fits the criteria.

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  • 4. 

     A well-painted mental image is called:

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Oxymoron

    • C.

      Hyperbole

    • D.

      Imagery

    Correct Answer
    D. Imagery
    Explanation
    Imagery refers to the use of descriptive language that creates a vivid mental image in the reader's mind. It appeals to the senses and helps the reader to visualize and experience the text more deeply. This term is commonly used in literature to describe the use of vivid and descriptive language that brings the text to life.

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  • 5. 

    The contrast between what happens and what was expected. 

    • A.

      Irony

    • B.

      Tone

    • C.

      Personification

    • D.

      Foreshadowing

    Correct Answer
    A. Irony
    Explanation
    Irony is the correct answer because it refers to a situation where there is a contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually happens. This contrast can be humorous or unexpected, creating a sense of irony. The other options, tone, personification, and foreshadowing, do not directly relate to the concept of a contrast between expectation and reality.

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  • 6. 

    A comparison between two objects without using "like" or "as"... 

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Oxymoron

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    B. Metaphor
    Explanation
    A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two things by stating that one thing is another thing, without using "like" or "as". It is a direct comparison that highlights the similarities between the two objects. Unlike a simile, which uses "like" or "as" to make a comparison, a metaphor asserts that the two things are the same. Therefore, metaphor is the correct answer for a comparison between two objects without using "like" or "as".

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  • 7. 

    The feeling the reader takes away with him or her after reading... 

    • A.

      Onomatopoeia

    • B.

      Tone

    • C.

      Mood

    • D.

      Theme

    Correct Answer
    C. Mood
    Explanation
    The feeling the reader takes away after reading refers to the emotional atmosphere or overall vibe created by a piece of literature. This is known as the mood. It is different from the theme, which is the underlying message or central idea of the text. The tone, on the other hand, refers to the author's attitude towards the subject matter. Onomatopoeia is a literary device that imitates the sound it represents, and it is not directly related to the feeling the reader takes away from the text.

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  • 8. 

     Which of the following is a simile?

    • A.

      "She is an angel"

    • B.

      "Jumbo Shrimp"

    • C.

      'She is like an angel"

    • D.

      "The wind whistled through the trees"

    Correct Answer
    C. 'She is like an angel"
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "She is like an angel" because it compares the person to an angel using the word "like," which is a characteristic of a simile. A simile is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things using the words "like" or "as." In this case, the simile is used to describe the person's qualities or characteristics by comparing them to those of an angel.

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  • 9. 

     The moral or message of the story is called the ...

    • A.

      Theme

    • B.

      Tone

    • C.

      Voice

    • D.

      Mood

    Correct Answer
    A. Theme
    Explanation
    The moral or message of a story is referred to as the theme. The theme represents the central idea or underlying message that the author wants to convey to the reader. It is a broader concept that encompasses the main idea or lesson learned from the story. The tone, voice, and mood are different elements that contribute to the overall atmosphere and style of the story, but they do not specifically refer to the moral or message.

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  • 10. 

     "Buzz" and "BAM!" are examples of

    • A.

      Allusions

    • B.

      Allegories

    • C.

      Onomatopoeia

    • D.

      Similes

    Correct Answer
    C. Onomatopoeia
    Explanation
    "Onomatopoeia" refers to words that imitate or suggest the sound they represent. "Buzz" and "BAM!" are examples of onomatopoeia because they are words that mimic the sounds they describe.

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  • 11. 

    "pretty ugly" and "jumbo shrimp" are examples of: 

    • A.

      Similies

    • B.

      Onomatopoeia

    • C.

      Personification

    • D.

      Oxymoron

    Correct Answer
    D. Oxymoron
    Explanation
    "Pretty ugly" and "jumbo shrimp" are examples of oxymorons. An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms or ideas to create a unique and often humorous effect. In this case, the words "pretty" and "ugly" are opposites, and "jumbo" and "shrimp" are contrasting terms. The combination of these contradictory words creates a paradoxical and unexpected meaning, making them oxymorons.

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  • 12. 

    The giving of human-like traits to inanimate objects is... 

    • A.

      Personification

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Oxymoron

    • D.

      Theme

    Correct Answer
    A. Personification
    Explanation
    Personification is the giving of human-like traits to inanimate objects. It involves attributing human characteristics, such as emotions or actions, to non-human entities. This literary device is commonly used to make descriptions more vivid and engaging, as it helps the reader relate to and understand the object or concept being personified. In this context, personification is the correct answer as it best describes the act of giving human-like traits to inanimate objects.

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  • 13. 

    The use of "I", "me", "mine" in a point of view is... 

    • A.

      First person

    • B.

      Second person

    • C.

      Third person

    • D.

      Omniscient

    Correct Answer
    A. First person
    Explanation
    The use of "I", "me", "mine" in a point of view indicates that the narrator is referring to themselves and their own experiences. This perspective is known as the first person point of view, where the narrator is directly involved in the events and is sharing their personal thoughts and feelings.

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  • 14. 

     The point of view where the narrator tells the story to another character using "you," so that the story is being told through the addressee's point of view?

    • A.

      First person

    • B.

      Second person

    • C.

      Third person

    • D.

      Omniscient

    Correct Answer
    B. Second person
    Explanation
    In second person point of view, the narrator tells the story to another character using "you." This means that the story is being told through the addressee's point of view, making the reader feel directly involved in the narrative. This perspective is less common in literature compared to first and third person, but it can create a unique and immersive reading experience.

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  • 15. 

    The point of view where the reader only knows the actions and saying of the characters is called... 

    • A.

      First person

    • B.

      Second person

    • C.

      Third person

    • D.

      Omniscient

    Correct Answer
    C. Third person
    Explanation
    In the third person point of view, the narrator is an outsider who provides an objective account of the story. The reader only knows the actions and dialogue of the characters, without any insight into their thoughts or feelings. This perspective allows for a broader understanding of the events and allows the reader to observe multiple characters' experiences.

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  • 16. 

    The reader knows what the characters are thinking, saying and doing. ("God-like") 

    • A.

      First person

    • B.

      Second person

    • C.

      Third person

    • D.

      Omniscient

    Correct Answer
    D. Omniscient
    Explanation
    The correct answer is omniscient because in this point of view, the reader has access to the thoughts, words, and actions of all the characters, giving them a god-like perspective. This allows the reader to have a comprehensive understanding of the story and the motivations of the characters.

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  • 17. 

    The author's feelings towards the subject or topic is called the... 

    • A.

      Theme

    • B.

      Mood

    • C.

      Tone

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Tone
    Explanation
    The author's feelings towards the subject or topic is called the tone. Tone refers to the attitude or emotion that the author conveys through their writing. It can be determined by analyzing the choice of words, language style, and overall writing style used by the author. The tone can be serious, humorous, sarcastic, formal, informal, etc., and it helps to establish the overall atmosphere and mood of the text.

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  • 18. 

    Links the objects, characters, and events of a story with meanings beyond the literal meaning of the story; tells a larger story using characters and events as symbols

    • A.

      Idiom

    • B.

      Personification

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Allegory

    Correct Answer
    D. Allegory
    Explanation
    An allegory is a literary device that connects the objects, characters, and events of a story to represent deeper meanings and convey a larger story. Unlike idioms, which are expressions with figurative meanings, personification, which gives human qualities to non-human things, and metaphors, which make comparisons between two unrelated things, an allegory tells a story that serves as a symbol for a broader concept or idea. It uses the characters and events in the story to convey a deeper message or moral lesson.

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  • 19. 

     When an author incorporates a hint, warning, or indication of a future event into his/her writing

    • A.

      Mood

    • B.

      Foreshadowing

    • C.

      Tone

    • D.

      Symbolism

    Correct Answer
    B. Foreshadowing
    Explanation
    Foreshadowing is when an author includes hints, warnings, or indications of a future event in their writing. This technique is used to create suspense and anticipation in the reader, as they begin to anticipate what will happen next. By incorporating foreshadowing, the author is able to subtly suggest what may occur later in the story, adding depth and complexity to the narrative. This can also help to build tension and create a sense of foreboding, keeping the reader engaged and curious about what will happen next.

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