English Literature Terminologies Glossary

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  • 1. 

    What part of speech is "surround", meaning "to encircle"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Verb

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    B. Verb
    Explanation
    "Surround" is a verb because it refers to the action of encircling or enclosing something. It is an action word that describes the act of creating a boundary or barrier around an object or person.

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  • 2. 

    What part of speech is "surveyor", meaning "a land-measurer"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Adjective

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Verb

    Correct Answer
    A. Noun
    Explanation
    The word "surveyor" refers to a person who measures and maps land, which clearly indicates that it is a noun. It is used to identify a specific occupation or role, rather than describing an action (verb), quality (adjective), or manner (adverb).

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  • 3. 

    What part of speech is "susceptible", meaning "easily under a specified power or influence"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Adjective

    • C.

      Verb

    • D.

      Adverb

    Correct Answer
    B. Adjective
    Explanation
    "Susceptible" is an adjective that describes something or someone that is easily influenced or affected by a specified power. It does not function as a noun, verb, or adverb.

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  • 4. 

    What part of speech is "sustenance", meaning "food"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Verb

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    A. Noun
    Explanation
    "Sustenance" is a noun that refers to food or nourishment. It is used to describe something that provides support, nourishment, or sustains life. In this context, "sustenance" is used as a synonym for "food", which is a noun. Therefore, the correct answer is "Noun".

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  • 5. 

    What part of speech is "swarthy", meaning "having a dark hue, especially a dark or sunburned complexion"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Verb

    • C.

      Adjective

    • D.

      Adverb

    Correct Answer
    C. Adjective
    Explanation
    "Swarthy" is a descriptive word that describes a person's complexion, specifically referring to a dark or sunburned complexion. Adjectives are used to describe or modify nouns, which fits the definition of "swarthy" in this context. Therefore, the correct answer is Adjective.

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  • 6. 

    What part of speech is "sycophant", meaning "a servile flatterer, especially of those in authority or influence"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Verb

    • D.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    A. Noun
    Explanation
    "Sycophant" is a noun because it refers to a person, specifically someone who flatters and seeks favor from those in power. It does not describe an action (verb), a manner (adverb), or a quality (adjective).

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  • 7. 

    What part of speech is "syllabic", meaning "consisting of that which is uttered in a single vocal impulse"?

    • A.

      Verb

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Adjective

    • D.

      Noun

    Correct Answer
    C. Adjective
    Explanation
    The word "syllabic" is a descriptive term that defines something as "consisting of that which is uttered in a single vocal impulse." It is not a verb because it does not indicate an action or state of being. It is not an adverb because it does not modify a verb, adjective, or other adverb. It is not a noun because it does not represent a person, place, thing, or idea. Therefore, the correct answer is adjective, as it describes the nature of the subject.

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  • 8. 

    What part of speech is "syllable", meaning "that which is uttered in a single vocal impulse"?

    • A.

      Adjective

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Noun

    • D.

      Verb

    Correct Answer
    C. Noun
    Explanation
    "Syllable" is a noun because it refers to a word or a part of a word that is pronounced as a single sound. In this context, it specifically means "that which is uttered in a single vocal impulse."

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  • 9. 

    What part of speech is "syllabus", meaning "outline of a subject, course, lecture, or treatise"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Verb

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    A. Noun
    Explanation
    "Syllabus" is a noun because it refers to a thing, specifically an outline of a subject, course, lecture, or treatise. It does not describe an action (verb), modify a verb (adverb), or describe a noun (adjective). Therefore, the correct answer is noun.

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  • 10. 

    What part of speech is "symmetrical", meaning "well-balanced"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Verb

    • D.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    D. Adjective
    Explanation
    "Symmetrical" is an adjective that describes something as being well-balanced. Adjectives are words that modify or describe nouns, so in this case, "symmetrical" is describing the quality or characteristic of something being well-balanced. It is not a noun, adverb, or verb, as those parts of speech do not convey the same meaning as "symmetrical" in this context.

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  • 11. 

    What part of speech is "symmetry", meaning "relative proportion and harmony"?

    • A.

      Adjective

    • B.

      Verb

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Noun

    Correct Answer
    D. Noun
    Explanation
    "Symmetry" is a noun because it refers to a concept or a thing, in this case, the quality or state of being symmetrical. It does not describe an action (verb), modify a verb (adverb), or describe a noun (adjective). Therefore, "noun" is the correct answer.

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  • 12. 

    What part of speech is "sympathize", meaning "to share the sentiments or mental states of another"?

    • A.

      Adverb

    • B.

      Verb

    • C.

      Adjective

    • D.

      Noun

    Correct Answer
    B. Verb
    Explanation
    "Sympathize" is a verb because it is an action word that describes the act of sharing the sentiments or mental states of another person. Verbs are used to express actions, events, or states of being, and in this case, "sympathize" represents the action of understanding and relating to someone else's emotions or thoughts.

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  • 13. 

    What part of speech is "symphonic", meaning "characterized by a harmonious or agreeable mingling of sounds"?

    • A.

      Verb

    • B.

      Noun

    • C.

      Adjective

    • D.

      Adverb

    Correct Answer
    C. Adjective
    Explanation
    "Symphonic" is an adjective because it describes the noun it modifies, which in this case is "characterized by a harmonious or agreeable mingling of sounds." Adjectives are words that provide more information about nouns, such as their qualities, characteristics, or attributes. In this context, "symphonic" is describing the type of mingling of sounds, indicating that it is harmonious or agreeable.

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  • 14. 

    What part of speech is "symphony", meaning "a harmonious or agreeable mingling of sounds"?

    • A.

      Adjective

    • B.

      Noun

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Verb

    Correct Answer
    B. Noun
    Explanation
    "Symphony" is a noun because it refers to a specific type of musical composition that typically consists of multiple movements and is performed by an orchestra. The definition provided, "a harmonious or agreeable mingling of sounds," further supports this classification as a noun.

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  • 15. 

    What part of speech is "synod", meaning "an ecclesiastical council"?

    • A.

      Adverb

    • B.

      Adjective

    • C.

      Verb

    • D.

      Noun

    Correct Answer
    D. Noun
    Explanation
    "Synod" is a noun because it refers to a specific type of council, specifically an ecclesiastical council. Nouns are words that represent people, places, things, or ideas, and "synod" fits this definition by representing a type of council. It is not an adverb, adjective, or verb, as these parts of speech serve different grammatical functions.

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