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When you begin the quiz, you'll notice that each "question" is a definition. From the given choices, mark the word which correctly matches the definition.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    -- a repetition of similar vowel sounds in words close together

    • A.

      Alliteration

    • B.

      Analogy

    • C.

      Assonance

    • D.

      Ballad

    Correct Answer
    C. Assonance
    Explanation
    Assonance refers to the repetition of similar vowel sounds in words that are close together. This can occur in the middle or at the end of words, and it creates a musical or melodic effect in the language. Unlike alliteration, which focuses on the repetition of consonant sounds, assonance specifically emphasizes vowel sounds. This technique is often used in poetry and literature to create rhythm, enhance the mood, or add emphasis to certain words or phrases.

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  • 2. 

    -- storytelling poem in a predictable rhythm, usually written to be sung

    • A.

      Alliteration

    • B.

      Analogy

    • C.

      Assonance

    • D.

      Ballad

    Correct Answer
    D. Ballad
    Explanation
    A ballad is a type of storytelling poem that typically follows a predictable rhythm and is often written to be sung. It often tells a narrative or a story and can have a repetitive structure. Ballads are known for their simple language and emotional impact, making them easy to remember and enjoyable to listen to. They often have a strong sense of melody and can be accompanied by music.

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  • 3. 

    -- repetition of initial consonant sounds in words close together

    • A.

      Alliteration

    • B.

      Analogy

    • C.

      Assonance

    • D.

      Ballad

    Correct Answer
    A. Alliteration
    Explanation
    Alliteration refers to the repetition of initial consonant sounds in words that are close together. In this literary device, the repeated sounds create a musical and rhythmic effect, adding emphasis and making the words more memorable. It is commonly used in poetry, songs, and advertising slogans to create a pleasing and catchy sound. An example of alliteration is "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers."

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  • 4. 

    -- any general comparison between two things

    • A.

      Alliteration

    • B.

      Analogy

    • C.

      Assonance

    • D.

      Ballad

    Correct Answer
    B. Analogy
    Explanation
    Analogy is the correct answer because it refers to a general comparison between two things. An analogy is a literary device that helps to clarify or explain a concept by drawing parallels between two different things that share similar characteristics. It is often used to make complex ideas more relatable and understandable by comparing them to something familiar. In this context, the other options (alliteration, assonance, and ballad) do not fit the description of a general comparison between two things.

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  • 5. 

    -- all the meanings, associations, or emotions that a word suggests

    • A.

      Connotation

    • B.

      Consonance

    • C.

      Couplet

    • D.

      Diction

    Correct Answer
    A. Connotation
    Explanation
    Connotation refers to all the meanings, associations, or emotions that a word suggests. It goes beyond the literal definition of a word and includes the implied or suggested meanings that can vary depending on the context or personal experiences of the reader or listener. Connotation adds depth and nuance to language, allowing for more expressive and nuanced communication.

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  • 6. 

    -- two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme

    • A.

      Connotation

    • B.

      Consonance

    • C.

      Couplet

    • D.

      Diction

    Correct Answer
    C. Couplet
    Explanation
    A couplet is a pair of two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme. In a couplet, the last words of each line have the same sound, creating a harmonious and rhythmic effect. This poetic device is commonly used to convey a complete thought or idea in a concise manner. In this case, the correct answer is "couplet" because it accurately describes the given definition of two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme.

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  • 7. 

    -- a writer's choice of words

    • A.

      Connotation

    • B.

      Consonance

    • C.

      Couplet

    • D.

      Diction

    Correct Answer
    D. Diction
    Explanation
    Diction refers to a writer's choice of words, which can greatly impact the tone and meaning of a piece of writing. It involves selecting the most appropriate words to convey the desired message and evoke specific emotions in the reader. The use of certain words can create a particular atmosphere or convey a specific connotation. Diction is an essential element of effective communication and can greatly enhance the overall quality of a written work.

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  • 8. 

    -- the repetition of consonant sounds within words close to each other

    • A.

      Connotation

    • B.

      Consonance

    • C.

      Couplet

    • D.

      Diction

    Correct Answer
    B. Consonance
    Explanation
    Consonance refers to the repetition of consonant sounds within words that are close to each other. This can occur at the beginning, middle, or end of words. In the given options, only "consonance" fits this definition. "Connotation" refers to the emotional or cultural associations that a word carries, "couplet" refers to a pair of lines in a poem, and "diction" refers to the choice and use of words in speech or writing. Therefore, the correct answer is "consonance."

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  • 9. 

    -- any exaggeration used to express strong emotion or humor

    • A.

      Epic

    • B.

      Figure of speech

    • C.

      Haiku

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    D. Hyperbole
    Explanation
    Hyperbole is the correct answer because it refers to the use of exaggeration to convey strong emotions or humor. It is a figure of speech that involves exaggerating certain elements for emphasis or dramatic effect. In this context, hyperbole would be the most appropriate term to describe any exaggeration used to express strong emotion or humor.

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  • 10. 

    -- a very long narrative poem about a hero with superhuman abilities

    • A.

      Epic

    • B.

      Figure of speech

    • C.

      Haiku

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    A. Epic
    Explanation
    An epic is a very long narrative poem that tells the story of a hero with superhuman abilities. It often involves grand adventures, battles, and mythical creatures. Epics are known for their extensive length and detailed descriptions, making them a significant form of storytelling in many cultures.

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  • 11. 

    -- word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of another, not literally

    • A.

      Epic

    • B.

      Figure of speech

    • C.

      Haiku

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    B. Figure of speech
    Explanation
    A figure of speech is a word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of another, not literally. It is a literary device used to add depth and meaning to language by creating imaginative comparisons or highlighting certain qualities. In this case, "epic," "haiku," and "hyperbole" do not fit the definition of a figure of speech, while "figure of speech" accurately describes the given definition.

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  • 12. 

    -- an expression peculiar to a language (it won't translate literally)

    • A.

      Iambic pentameter

    • B.

      Idiom

    • C.

      Imagery

    • D.

      Verbal irony

    Correct Answer
    B. Idiom
    Explanation
    An idiom is an expression that is unique to a specific language and cannot be translated literally. It is a phrase or group of words that has a figurative meaning different from its literal interpretation. In this context, "idiom" is the correct answer because it fits the given definition of a language-specific expression that does not translate directly. The other options, iambic pentameter, imagery, and verbal irony, do not match the given definition of an idiom.

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  • 13. 

    -- language that appeals to the senses

    • A.

      Iambic pentameter

    • B.

      Idiom

    • C.

      Imagery

    • D.

      Verbal irony

    Correct Answer
    C. Imagery
    Explanation
    Imagery refers to the use of vivid and descriptive language that appeals to the senses, creating mental images and evoking a sensory experience for the reader. It involves the use of sensory details such as sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell, to make the writing more engaging and vivid. By using imagery, the writer can paint a picture in the reader's mind, allowing them to better understand and connect with the text.

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  • 14. 

    -- there is a difference between what is said and what is meant

    • A.

      Iambic pentameter

    • B.

      Idiom

    • C.

      Imagery

    • D.

      Verbal irony

    Correct Answer
    D. Verbal irony
    Explanation
    Verbal irony refers to a situation where the speaker says something but intends a meaning that is opposite or different from the literal interpretation. This form of irony is characterized by sarcasm or a humorous tone. In the given context, "there is a difference between what is said and what is meant," verbal irony aligns perfectly with the explanation as it highlights the contrast between the words spoken and the intended meaning.

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  • 15. 

    -- a line of poetry with 5 iambs ( U / U / U / U / U / ) as its rhythm

    • A.

      Iambic pentameter

    • B.

      Idiom

    • C.

      Imagery

    • D.

      Verbal irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Iambic pentameter
    Explanation
    Iambic pentameter refers to a line of poetry that contains five iambs, which are metrical feet consisting of one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable. This rhythm creates a steady and predictable pattern in the line. In the context of the given question, the correct answer is iambic pentameter because it matches the description of a line of poetry with 5 iambs. The other options, idiom, imagery, and verbal irony, do not relate to the specific rhythm of the line.

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  • 16. 

    -- a poem that expresses emotions or thoughts

    • A.

      Limerick

    • B.

      Lyric poetry

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Meter

    Correct Answer
    B. Lyric poetry
    Explanation
    Lyric poetry is the correct answer because it is a form of poetry that expresses emotions or thoughts. Unlike other forms of poetry, such as limericks or metaphors, which may focus on humor or comparisons, lyric poetry is known for its introspective and emotional nature. It often explores personal feelings, experiences, and reflections, making it a powerful medium for self-expression. The term "lyric" refers to the fact that these poems were originally meant to be sung with a lyre, an ancient musical instrument, further emphasizing their musical and emotional qualities.

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  • 17. 

    -- comparison between unlike things (without using like, as, than, or resembles)

    • A.

      Limerick

    • B.

      Lyric poetry

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Meter

    Correct Answer
    C. Metaphor
    Explanation
    A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things by stating that one thing is another. It does not use words such as "like," "as," "than," or "resembles" to make the comparison. In this context, a metaphor is the only option that fits the given criteria of comparing unlike things without using the specified words. A limerick is a form of poetry, a lyric poetry refers to emotional and personal poetry, and meter is the rhythmic structure of a poem. Therefore, the correct answer is metaphor.

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  • 18. 

    -- a funny 5-line poem written with a certain rhyme scheme and rhythm pattern

    • A.

      Limerick

    • B.

      Lyric poetry

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Meter

    Correct Answer
    A. Limerick
    Explanation
    A limerick is a funny 5-line poem that follows a specific rhyme scheme and rhythm pattern. It often has a humorous or nonsensical theme. Limericks are known for their distinctive AABBA rhyme scheme, with the first, second, and fifth lines rhyming, and the third and fourth lines rhyming. They also have a specific meter, which is a pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables. Limericks are a popular form of poetry that allows for creativity and humor within a structured format.

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  • 19. 

    -- a regular pattern or stressed (/) and unstressed (U) syllables

    • A.

      Limerick

    • B.

      Lyric poetry

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Meter

    Correct Answer
    D. Meter
    Explanation
    Meter refers to the regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry. It helps to establish the rhythm and musicality of a poem. Different types of meter, such as iambic pentameter or trochaic tetrameter, have specific patterns of stressed and unstressed syllables. By using meter, poets can create a specific cadence and flow in their poetry, enhancing the overall effect and meaning of the poem.

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  • 20. 

    -- use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning

    • A.

      Narrative poetry

    • B.

      Onomatopoeia

    • C.

      Parallelism

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    B. Onomatopoeia
    Explanation
    Onomatopoeia refers to the use of words that imitate or suggest the sound they represent. It is a figure of speech commonly used in literature to create vivid and sensory descriptions. In the context of the given options, onomatopoeia is the only term that directly relates to the use of sound in language. Narrative poetry, parallelism, and personification do not specifically involve the imitation of sound, making onomatopoeia the correct answer.

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  • 21. 

    -- a poem that tells a story

    • A.

      Narrative poetry

    • B.

      Onomatopoeia

    • C.

      Parallelism

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    A. Narrative poetry
    Explanation
    Narrative poetry refers to a type of poem that tells a story. It often includes characters, plot, and setting, similar to a short story or novel. This form of poetry aims to convey a narrative or a sequence of events in a poetic manner. It utilizes poetic devices such as rhythm, meter, and imagery to enhance the storytelling experience. Unlike other forms of poetry that may focus on emotions or ideas, narrative poetry focuses on the narrative itself, making it the most suitable explanation for the given answer.

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  • 22. 

    -- repetition of words, phrases, etc. that have the same grammatical structure

    • A.

      Narrative poetry

    • B.

      Onomatopoeia

    • C.

      Parallelism

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    C. Parallelism
    Explanation
    Parallelism refers to the repetition of words, phrases, or clauses that have the same grammatical structure. It is a literary device commonly used in poetry and prose to create rhythm, emphasize certain ideas, or add symmetry to a piece of writing. In parallelism, the repeated elements are usually placed in close proximity to each other, allowing for a balanced and harmonious effect. This technique enhances the clarity and impact of the message being conveyed, making it a powerful tool in literature.

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  • 23. 

    -- nonhuman things are given human qualities

    • A.

      Narrative poetry

    • B.

      Onomatopoeia

    • C.

      Parallelism

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    D. Personification
    Explanation
    Personification is the correct answer because it refers to the literary device where nonhuman things are given human qualities. In this case, the answer aligns perfectly with the given statement, as personification involves attributing human characteristics to inanimate objects or abstract concepts. This technique is commonly used in literature, allowing writers to create vivid and imaginative descriptions by giving life and personality to nonhuman entities.

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  • 24. 

    -- a play on the multiple meanings of words

    • A.

      Pun

    • B.

      Refrain

    • C.

      Rhyme

    • D.

      Rhythm

    Correct Answer
    A. Pun
    Explanation
    A pun is a type of wordplay that exploits the multiple meanings of words, often for humorous effect. It involves using a word or phrase that has multiple interpretations or sounds similar to another word, resulting in a play on words. Puns are used to create clever and witty wordplay, adding humor and depth to a sentence or conversation. The other options, refrain, rhyme, and rhythm, do not involve the same play on words as a pun does.

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  • 25. 

    -- a repeated word, phrase, or group of lines (like a chorus in a song)

    • A.

      Pun

    • B.

      Refrain

    • C.

      Rhyme

    • D.

      Rhythm

    Correct Answer
    B. Refrain
    Explanation
    A refrain is a repeated word, phrase, or group of lines, often found in songs or poems. It serves as a chorus, adding emphasis and creating a memorable element. It helps to reinforce the main theme or message of the piece and adds structure and rhythm to the overall composition.

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  • 26. 

    -- musical quality of language, produced by repeating accents

    • A.

      Pun

    • B.

      Refrain

    • C.

      Rhyme

    • D.

      Rhythm

    Correct Answer
    D. Rhythm
    Explanation
    Rhythm refers to the musical quality of language produced by repeating accents. It is the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables that creates a sense of flow and musicality in a piece of writing or speech. This can be achieved through the repetition of accents or beats, creating a rhythmic pattern that enhances the overall quality of the language. While pun, refrain, and rhyme are also important elements of language, they do not specifically pertain to the musical quality produced by repeating accents, making rhythm the correct answer in this context.

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  • 27. 

    -- when words close together have the same or similar sounding final syllable(s)

    • A.

      Pun

    • B.

      Refrain

    • C.

      Rhyme

    • D.

      Rhythm

    Correct Answer
    C. Rhyme
    Explanation
    Rhyme refers to words that have the same or similar sounding final syllable(s). It is a literary device used to create a musical and rhythmic effect in poetry or song lyrics. Rhyme adds a pleasing and memorable quality to the language, making it easier to remember and enjoy. It can also be used to create a sense of unity and structure in a piece of writing.

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  • 28. 

    -- a group of consecutive lines in a poem

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Sonnet

    • C.

      Speaker

    • D.

      Stanza

    Correct Answer
    D. Stanza
    Explanation
    A stanza is a group of consecutive lines in a poem that are separated from other groups by a space. It is a way of organizing the poem's content and structure. Each stanza usually has a specific theme or idea, and they can vary in length and form. This term is commonly used in poetry analysis and helps to understand the overall structure and flow of a poem.

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  • 29. 

    -- comparison between two unlike things using words like like or as

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Sonnet

    • C.

      Speaker

    • D.

      Stanza

    Correct Answer
    A. Simile
    Explanation
    A simile is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things using words such as "like" or "as". It helps to create vivid imagery and enhance the reader's understanding by drawing parallels between two different concepts. Unlike a metaphor, which directly states that one thing is another, a simile uses explicit comparative language. In this case, the correct answer is "simile" because it accurately describes the comparison between two unlike things using words like "like" or "as".

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  • 30. 

    -- the voice talking in a poem

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Sonnet

    • C.

      Speaker

    • D.

      Stanza

    Correct Answer
    C. Speaker
    Explanation
    The term "speaker" refers to the voice or persona that is speaking in a poem. It is the character or identity that the poet adopts to convey their thoughts, emotions, or experiences. The speaker may or may not be the same as the poet themselves, as poets often create fictional personas to express their ideas. Understanding the speaker is crucial in interpreting a poem, as it provides insights into the perspective, tone, and intentions of the poem.

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  • 31. 

    -- a 14-line lyric poem written in iambic pentameter and with a specific rhyme scheme

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Sonnet

    • C.

      Speaker

    • D.

      Stanza

    Correct Answer
    B. Sonnet
    Explanation
    A sonnet is a 14-line lyric poem written in iambic pentameter and with a specific rhyme scheme. It is a structured form of poetry that follows a specific pattern and is known for its concise and focused expression of a single idea or emotion. The iambic pentameter refers to the rhythm of the poem, with each line consisting of five pairs of unstressed and stressed syllables. The specific rhyme scheme adds to the overall structure and musicality of the sonnet. Therefore, the correct answer is sonnet.

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  • 32. 

    -- traditional Japanese poem of 3 lines, each having a certain number of syllables (5 7 5)

    • A.

      Epic

    • B.

      Figure of speech

    • C.

      Haiku

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    C. Haiku
    Explanation
    A haiku is a traditional Japanese poem that consists of three lines. Each line has a specific number of syllables, with the pattern being 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the third line. This concise structure allows for the expression of deep emotions or observations in a minimalistic and impactful way. Therefore, haiku is the correct answer as it accurately describes the given definition.

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