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Can you answer these rhetorical device questions? When it comes to being seen as a good writer, a proper understanding of different rhetoric devices would be advantageous. These devices are used to either pass a point across to a reader or convince them how deep something is. Do you know the difference between the devices? This quiz is the perfect refresher as all you need do is identify which device has been used.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    She likes to eat chocolate eclairs, take moonlit walks, and sing classical jazz.

    • A.

      Repetition

    • B.

      Parallelism

    • C.

      Use of personal pronoun

    • D.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    B. Parallelism
    Explanation
    The correct answer is parallelism because the sentence lists three activities that the subject likes to do (eat chocolate eclairs, take moonlit walks, and sing classical jazz) in a parallel structure. The use of the same grammatical structure for each activity creates a balanced and rhythmic effect in the sentence.

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  • 2. 

    His words were like daggers to her heart.

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Repetition

    • C.

      Personification

    • D.

      Simile

    Correct Answer
    D. Simile
    Explanation
    The given sentence compares the effect of his words on her heart to the sharpness and pain of daggers. This comparison is made using the word "like," which indicates a similarity between two things. This indicates that the correct answer is simile.

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  • 3. 

    "Is this really the choice you want to make?", The mom said to the teenager she was arguing with.

    • A.

      Exaggeration

    • B.

      Use of personal pronoun

    • C.

      Rhetorical Question

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    C. Rhetorical Question
    Explanation
    The statement "Is this really the choice you want to make?" is a rhetorical question because it is not meant to be answered. It is used by the mom to make a point and express her disapproval of the teenager's choice. Rhetorical questions are often used to emphasize a point or to persuade someone without expecting a response. In this case, the mom is using the rhetorical question to make the teenager reconsider their decision.

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  • 4. 

    To make his point about how he felt about winning the scholarship in his speech he said, "I'm the king of the world". 

    • A.

      Quotation from well known source

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Exaggeration

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    A. Quotation from well known source
    Explanation
    The given statement "I'm the king of the world" is an example of a quotation from a well-known source. This phrase is famously used by the character Jack Dawson in the movie Titanic. By using this quotation, the speaker is referencing a popular line from a well-known source to emphasize his feelings of triumph and accomplishment.

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  • 5. 

    "I proudly, and humbly accept your nomination."

    • A.

      Understatement

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Repitition

    • D.

      Paradox

    Correct Answer
    D. Paradox
    Explanation
    The statement "I proudly, and humbly accept your nomination" is a paradox because the words "proudly" and "humbly" contradict each other. Pride typically implies a sense of superiority or arrogance, while humility suggests modesty and lack of self-importance. Therefore, the combination of these two opposing words creates a paradoxical statement.

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  • 6. 

    "I had so much homework last night that I needed a pick up truck to carry all of my books of my books home"

    • A.

      Hyperbole

    • B.

      Allusion

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Understatement

    Correct Answer
    A. Hyperbole
    Explanation
    The given statement is an example of hyperbole, which is an exaggerated statement or claim that is not meant to be taken literally. In this case, the speaker is exaggerating the amount of homework they had by saying they needed a pick-up truck to carry all of their books home. This statement is not meant to be taken literally, but rather to emphasize the large amount of homework they had.

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  • 7. 

    "The earth laughs beneath my heavy feet At the blasphemy in my old jangly walk"

    • A.

      Exaggeration

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Personification

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    C. Personification
    Explanation
    The given lines suggest that the earth is capable of laughter, which is a human characteristic. This attribution of human qualities to the earth is an example of personification. Personification is a figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstract ideas are given human attributes or qualities. In this case, the earth is personified as laughing, which helps to create a vivid and imaginative image in the reader's mind.

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  • 8. 

    "It's just a flesh wound." (Black Knight, after having both of his arms cut off, in Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

    • A.

      Hyperbole

    • B.

      Understatement

    • C.

      Paradox

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    B. Understatement
    Explanation
    The given quote, "It's just a flesh wound," is an example of understatement. The Black Knight's response downplays the severity of his situation, as he has just lost both of his arms. By using understatement, the character is making light of a serious injury, adding humor to the scene.

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  • 9. 

    Preparing to go to school was about like getting ready for extended Deep-Sea Diving. Longjohns, corduroy knickers, a checkered flannel Lumberjack shirt, four sweaters, fleece-lined leatherette sheepskin, helmet, goggles, mittens...

    • A.

      Parallelism

    • B.

      Repetition

    • C.

      Rhetorical Question

    • D.

      Listing

    Correct Answer
    D. Listing
    Explanation
    The given passage is an example of listing because it presents a series of items in a sequential manner. The passage lists various clothing items and accessories that are worn when preparing to go to school. The repetition of these items creates a sense of thoroughness and emphasizes the extensive preparation required. This technique of listing helps to paint a vivid picture of the preparations, making it the correct answer.

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  • 10. 

    Twins who look alike, but have very different personalities may be viewed together to show their_____

    • A.

      Paradox

    • B.

      Repetition

    • C.

      Allusion

    • D.

      Juxtaposition

    Correct Answer
    D. Juxtaposition
    Explanation
    Juxtaposition is the correct answer because it refers to the act of placing two contrasting or contrasting elements side by side to highlight their differences. In the case of twins who look alike but have different personalities, presenting them together allows viewers to observe and compare their distinct characteristics, emphasizing the contrast between their appearances and personalities. This technique helps to emphasize the uniqueness and individuality of each twin despite their physical similarities.

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  • 11. 

    "The student was a sea of troubles."

    • A.

      Understatement

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Simile

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    B. Metaphor
    Explanation
    The phrase "The student was a sea of troubles" is a metaphor because it compares the student to a sea of troubles, implying that the student is facing numerous difficulties or challenges. Metaphors involve making a comparison between two unrelated things to create a vivid and imaginative description. In this case, the metaphor emphasizes the extent of the student's troubles by likening them to a vast and tumultuous sea.

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  • 12. 

    There are couples who dislike one another furiously for several hours at a time; there are couples who dislike one another permanently, and there are couples who never dislike one another, but these last are people who are incapable of disliking anybody.

    • A.

      Repetition

    • B.

      Parallelism

    • C.

      Allusion

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    A. Repetition
    Explanation
    The given passage repeats the idea of couples disliking each other in different ways. It states that there are couples who dislike each other furiously for several hours, couples who dislike each other permanently, and couples who never dislike each other. This repetition emphasizes the different degrees of dislike that couples can experience, highlighting the range of emotions within relationships. Therefore, the correct answer is repetition.

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  • 13. 

    Rational choice theory in political science has made much of the fact that it is seemingly irrational to vote in a large-scale election. This is because the probability that your single vote will determine the outcome is generally very close to zero, while the act of voting entails some small but real costs. Even in a close election like Florida in 2000, an individual’s vote would really “count” only if the margin of victory was exactly one vote.

    • A.

      Logos

    • B.

      Pathos

    • C.

      Ethos

    Correct Answer
    A. Logos
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "Logos". The explanation for this is that the passage presents a logical argument about the rationality of voting in a large-scale election. It explains that according to rational choice theory, it is seemingly irrational to vote because the probability of one's vote determining the outcome is very low compared to the costs of voting. This logical argument is based on reasoning and evidence, which aligns with the use of logos in persuasive writing.

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  • 14. 

    Seems clear to me that Cindy Smith is a bold-faced liar. She lied about the legitimacy of her son's enlistment, lied about meeting the President, and lied about her family's solidarity for her cause. This is a Kodak moment in her life and where is her family? Her daughter's fled overseas, the lone surviving son is a thousand miles away and her husband made the obvious decision to get away from his wife's histrionics

    • A.

      Logos

    • B.

      Pathos

    • C.

      Ethos

    Correct Answer
    B. Pathos
    Explanation
    The given answer, Pathos, is the most appropriate choice because it refers to the emotional appeal used in the passage. The passage describes Cindy Smith's situation and emphasizes the absence of her family, highlighting the emotional impact of her actions and the consequences she faces. This evokes an emotional response from the reader, making them feel sympathy or pity for Cindy Smith. Therefore, the use of pathos is evident in the passage.

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  • 15. 

    "As an African American child growing up in America, I had to learn about my heritage by myself. Today I can help children grow up aware of the contributions African Americans have made to the development of our great country," said Robert Kersey, creator of the Black Heritage Trivia game

    • A.

      Logos

    • B.

      Pathos

    • C.

      Ethos

    Correct Answer
    C. Ethos
    Explanation
    The given statement by Robert Kersey demonstrates ethos. Ethos refers to the credibility and trustworthiness of the speaker. In this case, Kersey establishes his credibility by sharing his personal experience as an African American child growing up in America. He explains that he had to learn about his heritage by himself, which shows his firsthand knowledge and understanding of the topic. By stating that he can now help children grow up aware of the contributions African Americans have made, he further establishes his credibility and expertise on the subject. This appeals to the audience's trust in the speaker and enhances the persuasive power of his message.

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  • 16. 

    So your friends want you to quit your job so you can go out with them on Saturday nights. They think that having a job is useless and that it is ok to let down an employer. Let them make bad choices and put their social life above their responsibilities. They are the ones that give teenagers a bad name by not showing themselves to be responsible and mature.

    • A.

      Use of pronouns to address the audience

    • B.

      Use of pronouns to entertain the audience

    • C.

      Use of pronouns to exclude the audience

    • D.

      Use of pronouns to include the audience

    Correct Answer
    C. Use of pronouns to exclude the audience
    Explanation
    The given answer suggests that the use of pronouns in the passage is aimed at excluding the audience. The passage uses pronouns like "your friends" and "they" to refer to a specific group of people who have a certain viewpoint. By using these pronouns, the passage creates a distinction between the audience and the friends being referred to, indicating that the friends' actions and beliefs do not align with the audience's. This exclusionary use of pronouns helps emphasize the negative qualities attributed to the friends, making them appear irresponsible and immature in contrast to the audience.

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