Understanding Poem: Literary Devices Quiz

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Do you write poems, or love to read them? How well do you understand the literary devices? Take the online quiz and answer some simple questions to test yourself and learn interesting facts as you play.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Comparing two objects based on similar characteristics or features with word 'like' or 'as if' is the definition of ....

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Personification

    • D.

      Imagery

    Correct Answer
    A. Simile
    Explanation
    A simile is a figure of speech that compares two things using the words "like" or "as if". It is used to make a comparison between two objects or ideas that are not alike but share similar characteristics or features. In this case, the correct answer is simile because it matches the definition provided.

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  • 2. 

    ... is a set of descriptive words that appeal to the senses.

    • A.

      Imagery

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Personification

    • D.

      Rhyme

    Correct Answer
    A. Imagery
    Explanation
    Imagery is the correct answer because it refers to a set of descriptive words that appeal to the senses. Imagery is used in writing to create vivid mental images for the reader by using sensory details such as sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. It helps to bring a scene or situation to life and make it more engaging and memorable for the reader.

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  • 3. 

    The following statement is an example of METApHOR. The trees dance with the wind.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "The trees dance with the wind" is not an example of a metaphor. A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two unrelated things without using "like" or "as." In this statement, the trees are not being directly compared to anything else, so it is not a metaphor.

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  • 4. 

    In the following sentence we can find an example of IRONY. A firehouse was burned down.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given sentence "A firehouse was burned down" is an example of irony because a firehouse is a place where firefighters are stationed to respond to fires and emergencies. It is expected that a firehouse would not be burned down because it is supposed to be a safe place. However, the sentence states that the firehouse was indeed burned down, which is ironic and unexpected.

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  • 5. 

    Complete the following sentence to make a proper PERSONIFICATION. The news infuriates him, Like the sea _____ in a violent storm.

    Correct Answer
    is raging; is angry;
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is raging; is angry." This answer completes the sentence by using personification to describe the sea as if it were a person experiencing anger. By comparing the sea to a violent storm and using the verbs "raging" and "angry," it suggests that the sea is displaying intense emotions similar to a person who is infuriated by the news.

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  • 6. 

    I feel so happy that even the sun _____.

    • A.

      Is shining down

    • B.

      Is hiding from me

    • C.

      Is smiling at me

    • D.

      Is heating up

    Correct Answer
    C. Is smiling at me
    Explanation
    The phrase "I feel so happy" suggests a positive emotion. The sun is often associated with warmth and happiness, so it makes sense that the sun would be "smiling" at the person, further adding to their happiness. This answer choice complements the initial statement and conveys a sense of joy and contentment.

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  • 7. 

    What literary device can we find in the following poem? Roses are red, Violets are blue. Though your love is dead, My heart is still for you.

    • A.

      Theme

    • B.

      Imagery

    • C.

      Alliteration

    • D.

      Rhyme

    Correct Answer
    D. Rhyme
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "rhyme" because the poem follows a consistent pattern of end rhymes, with the words "red" and "dead" rhyming, as well as "blue" and "you" rhyming. Rhyme is a literary device that involves the repetition of similar sounds at the end of lines or words, and this poem demonstrates that by using the same sounds to create a sense of rhythm and musicality.

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  • 8. 

    The underlined words in the following poem is an example of .... The blue sky is calling to me, asking me to join the clouds. Rising above the earth, I will soar to new heights and find freedom in the wind.

    • A.

      Personification

    • B.

      Irony

    • C.

      Alliteration

    • D.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    D. Metaphor
    Explanation
    The underlined words in the poem are an example of a metaphor. A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two unrelated things by stating that one thing is another thing. In this case, the speaker is comparing themselves to a bird or something that can fly, expressing their desire to rise above and find freedom.

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  • 9. 

    The blue sky is calling to me, asking me to join the clouds. Rising above the earth, I will soar to new heights and find freedom in the wind. The theme of the poem above is about ....

    • A.

      Nature

    • B.

      Friendship

    • C.

      Love

    • D.

      Family

    Correct Answer
    A. Nature
    Explanation
    The theme of the poem is nature because the speaker is describing the blue sky, clouds, and the freedom found in the wind. The poem focuses on the beauty and allure of the natural world, and the desire to connect with it and experience its wonders. There is no mention of friendship, love, or family in the poem, so those options can be ruled out.

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  • 10. 

    Complete the following sentence with proper IMAGERY. The _____ scent of my sister's perfume invaded my nostrils.

    Correct Answer
    flowery; fruity
    Explanation
    The word "flowery" suggests a scent that is delicate, fragrant, and reminiscent of blooming flowers. This imagery evokes a sense of freshness and natural beauty. On the other hand, the word "fruity" implies a scent that is sweet, vibrant, and reminiscent of ripe fruits. This imagery brings to mind a burst of juicy and luscious aromas. Together, these words create a vivid image of a perfume that combines the delicate allure of flowers with the sweet and vibrant essence of fruits.

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  • 11. 

    The way I see it, I'm smarter than you. Because I fell in love with you, And you still haven't. The poem above contains a literary device of ....

    • A.

      Irony

    • B.

      Alliteration

    • C.

      Personification

    • D.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    A. Irony
    Explanation
    The poem contains irony because the speaker claims to be smarter than the person they are addressing, using the fact that they have fallen in love as evidence. The irony lies in the fact that being in love does not necessarily equate to being smarter or more intelligent than someone else. The speaker's statement is sarcastic and implies that the person they are addressing is lacking in some way because they have not fallen in love. This creates a contrast between the speaker's perception of their own intelligence and the reality of the situation.

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  • 12. 

    The buzzing bee buzz busily around. The sentence above contains the literary device of ...

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Theme

    • C.

      Alliteration

    • D.

      Rhyme

    Correct Answer
    C. Alliteration
    Explanation
    The correct answer is alliteration because the sentence uses the repetition of the "b" sound in "buzz," "bee," and "busily." Alliteration is a literary device that involves the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words in close proximity.

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  • 13. 

    The pen is mightier than a sword. The statement above contains the literary device of ....

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Personification

    • D.

      Alliteration

    Correct Answer
    A. Metaphor
    Explanation
    The statement "The pen is mightier than a sword" is a metaphor. It is comparing the power of a pen to the power of a sword, suggesting that words and communication have a greater impact and influence than physical force. The metaphor emphasizes the idea that writing and ideas have the ability to shape and change the world in a more significant way than violence or warfare.

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  • 14. 

    Love is like a dream! The statement above contains the literary device of ....

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Alliteration

    • D.

      Irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Simile
    Explanation
    The statement "Love is like a dream!" contains a simile. A simile is a figure of speech that compares two things using the words "like" or "as". In this case, love is being compared to a dream, suggesting that they share similar qualities or characteristics.

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  • 15. 

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; The theme of the poem above is about ...

    • A.

      Making decision

    • B.

      Falling in love

    • C.

      Living in despair

    • D.

      Earning a living

    Correct Answer
    A. Making decision
    Explanation
    The theme of the poem is about making a decision. The speaker is faced with two roads in a yellow wood and expresses regret that they cannot travel both paths. The speaker stands for a long time, contemplating which road to take, indicating the importance and difficulty of making a decision. The imagery of the diverging roads symbolizes the choices we face in life and the need to make a decision that will shape our future.

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