Do You Know About Rhetorical Devices?

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Do You Know About Rhetorical Devices? - Quiz

This is a multiple choice quiz on rhetorical devices, it is simply asking you to choose the correct word for the correct definition.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the term for the skill of convincing someone using words and language techniques such as alliteration, metaphor, and other techniques?

    • A.

      Alliteration

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Rhetorical

    • D.

      Allusion

    • E.

      Juxtapostion

    Correct Answer
    C. Rhetorical
    Explanation
    The technique or skill of persuading through your choice of words is referred to as rhetorical. Rhetorical devices are used to enhance the effectiveness of communication and to persuade or influence the audience. They involve the use of language techniques such as repetition, parallelism, rhetorical questions, and emotional appeals to engage and convince the audience.

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  • 2. 

    A similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based is which of the following rhetorical devices?

    • A.

      Analogy

    • B.

      Alliteration

    • C.

      Hyperbole

    • D.

      Invective

    • E.

      Simile

    Correct Answer
    A. Analogy
    Explanation
    An analogy is a rhetorical device that compares two things based on their similarity in certain features. It allows for a better understanding of one thing by comparing it to something familiar or more easily comprehensible. In this case, the question is asking for a term that describes the comparison of like features between two things, which aligns with the concept of analogy. Alliteration refers to the repetition of consonant sounds, hyperbole is an exaggeration, invective is the use of abusive language, and a simile is a figure of speech that compares two things using "like" or "as".

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  • 3. 

    An implied comparison between two unlike things is which of the following rhetorical dveices?

    • A.

      Imagery

    • B.

      Repetition

    • C.

      Personification

    • D.

      Simile

    • E.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    E. Metaphor
    Explanation
    A metaphor is a rhetorical device that implies a comparison between two unlike things without using the words "like" or "as." It is a figure of speech that creates a direct association between two unrelated concepts, highlighting their similarities and adding depth and meaning to the description. In this case, the question is asking for the rhetorical device that represents an implied comparison, and a metaphor fits this description perfectly. Therefore, the correct answer is metaphor.

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  • 4. 

    A figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared using like or as is which of the following rhetorical devices?

    • A.

      Zuegma

    • B.

      Synecdoche

    • C.

      Understatement

    • D.

      Simile

    • E.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    D. Simile
    Explanation
    A simile is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things using the words "like" or "as". It is a rhetorical device that helps create vivid imagery and enhance the reader's understanding by drawing a parallel between two seemingly unrelated things. Unlike a metaphor, which directly states that one thing is another, a simile uses "like" or "as" to make the comparison more explicit. Therefore, the correct answer is simile.

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  • 5. 

    To make a point a point by exaggerating is which of the following rhetorical dveices?

    • A.

      Alliteraion

    • B.

      Hyperbole

    • C.

      Satire

    • D.

      Rhetoric

    • E.

      Parody

    Correct Answer
    B. Hyperbole
    Explanation
    Hyperbole is a rhetorical device that involves exaggerating for emphasis or dramatic effect. It is used to make a point by intentionally overstating something, often to create humor or to emphasize a particular idea or feeling. In this case, exaggerating to make a point is a clear example of hyperbole, as it involves intentionally magnifying something to highlight its significance or to make a statement more memorable or impactful.

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  • 6. 

    A statement that is not good enough to explain how good, bad, or impressive something really is?

    • A.

      Paralellism

    • B.

      Metonymy

    • C.

      Understatement/Meiosis

    • D.

      Analogy

    • E.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    C. Understatement/Meiosis
    Explanation
    Understatement, also known as meiosis, is a figure of speech that deliberately downplays or minimizes the significance or impact of something. It is used to create emphasis or irony by stating something as less important or impressive than it actually is. In the context of the question, understatement is the best choice because it accurately describes a statement that fails to adequately convey the true extent or quality of something.

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  • 7. 

    Using a word or phrase pattern that are similar to  create emphasis is which of the following rhetorical devices?

    • A.

      Allusion

    • B.

      Invective

    • C.

      Litotes

    • D.

      Paralellism

    • E.

      Repetition

    Correct Answer
    D. Paralellism
    Explanation
    Parallelism is a rhetorical device that involves using a word or phrase pattern that is similar to create emphasis. By repeating similar grammatical structures or patterns, parallelism helps to create balance and rhythm in a sentence or paragraph. This repetition of structures or patterns can draw attention to key ideas or concepts, making them more memorable and impactful for the reader or listener.

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  • 8. 

    To call attention to something by making a big contrast between two things is which of the following rhetorical devices?

    • A.

      Paradox

    • B.

      Juxtaposition

    • C.

      Analogy

    • D.

      Synecdoche

    • E.

      Satire

    Correct Answer
    B. Juxtaposition
    Explanation
    Juxtaposition is a rhetorical device used to create a stark contrast between two things in order to draw attention to a specific point or idea. It involves placing two contrasting elements side by side, highlighting their differences and creating a powerful impact. In this case, the correct answer suggests that calling attention to something by making a big contrast between two things is achieved through the use of juxtaposition.

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  • 9. 

    A statement that seems impossible because the ideas are opposites, but have an element of truth is which of the following rhetorical devices?

    • A.

      Paradox

    • B.

      Parody

    • C.

      Satire

    • D.

      Synecdoche

    • E.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    A. Paradox
    Explanation
    A paradox is a rhetorical device that presents a statement that appears to be contradictory or impossible, but upon closer examination, contains an element of truth. It is used to create intrigue and provoke thought by challenging conventional wisdom and highlighting the complexity of a situation. In this case, the statement that seems impossible due to the opposing ideas, but still contains an element of truth, aligns with the definition of a paradox. Therefore, the correct answer is paradox.

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  • 10. 

    To illustrate an idea, feeling, etc by describing is which of the following rhetorical devices?

    • A.

      Repetiton

    • B.

      Personification

    • C.

      Imagery

    • D.

      Paralellism

    • E.

      Pun

    Correct Answer
    C. Imagery
    Explanation
    Imagery is a rhetorical device used to create vivid mental images and evoke sensory experiences in the reader's mind. It involves using descriptive language and sensory details to paint a picture and appeal to the reader's senses. By illustrating an idea or feeling through vivid descriptions, imagery helps to make the writing more engaging and memorable. Unlike repetition, personification, parallelism, or puns, imagery specifically focuses on creating sensory experiences through descriptive language.

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  • 11. 

    To give authority to an idea by making an association with something the reader knows is which rhetorical device?

    • A.

      Allusion

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Hyperbole

    • D.

      Litotes

    • E.

      Invective

    Correct Answer
    A. Allusion
    Explanation
    An allusion is a rhetorical device used to give authority to an idea by making an association with something the reader knows. It refers to a well-known person, event, or work of literature to create a connection and enhance the understanding or impact of the idea being presented. In this case, the correct answer is allusion because it fits the description of using a known reference to strengthen the authority of an idea.

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  • 12. 

    One makes fun of something while the other criticizes something by copying its style is which of the following rhetorical devices?

    • A.

      Imagery/Personification

    • B.

      Zuegma/Pun

    • C.

      Repetition/Alliteration

    • D.

      Simile/Metaphor

    • E.

      Satire/Parody

    Correct Answer
    E. Satire/Parody
    Explanation
    Satire and parody are both rhetorical devices that involve making fun of something. Satire is the use of humor, irony, or exaggeration to criticize or mock something, often with the intent of bringing about social or political change. Parody, on the other hand, imitates or mimics the style or characteristics of something, often for comedic effect. In both cases, the aim is to mock or criticize, but satire does so by using humor and irony, while parody does so by imitating the style.

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  • 13. 

    A story told in order to give an example, to make something real or more is which of the following devices?

    • A.

      Imagery

    • B.

      Analogy

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Anectdote

    • E.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    D. Anectdote
    Explanation
    An anecdote is a short and interesting story that is told to illustrate or emphasize a point. It is often used to make something more relatable or understandable by providing a real-life example. In this case, the story is used as a device to give an example and make something more real, which aligns with the definition of an anecdote.

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  • 14. 

    A question asked to make a point, not that you want an answer is which of the following rhetorical devices?

    • A.

      Imagery

    • B.

      Personification

    • C.

      Metonymy

    • D.

      Rhetoric

    • E.

      Rhetorical Question

    Correct Answer
    E. Rhetorical Question
    Explanation
    A rhetorical question is a figure of speech that is asked in order to make a point or create an effect, rather than to elicit a genuine answer. It is often used to engage the audience and encourage them to think about a particular topic or idea. In this case, the question is asking about a rhetorical device, which further emphasizes the concept of a rhetorical question itself. Therefore, the correct answer is "Rhetorical Question".

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  • 15. 

    An abusive attack is which of the following rheorical devices?

    • A.

      Imagery

    • B.

      Pun

    • C.

      Invective

    • D.

      Alliteration

    • E.

      Rhetorical Question

    Correct Answer
    C. Invective
    Explanation
    Invective is a type of abusive attack that involves the use of harsh, insulting, and offensive language or speech. It is often used to attack or criticize someone or something, with the intention of belittling or demeaning them. In this context, invective is considered a rhetorical device because it is used to persuade or influence the audience by appealing to their emotions and creating a negative image or perception. It is a powerful tool in rhetoric, often employed in debates, speeches, or written arguments to discredit opponents or make a strong impact on the audience.

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  • 16. 

    When a word or phrase can be used as a substitute for another phrase because they are closely related is which of the following rhetorical devices?

    • A.

      Rhetoric

    • B.

      Metonymy

    • C.

      Hyperbole

    • D.

      Litotes

    • E.

      Invective

    Correct Answer
    B. Metonymy
    Explanation
    Metonymy is a rhetorical device where a word or phrase is used as a substitute for another phrase because they are closely related. This can be seen when a word is used to represent something that is associated with it, such as using "crown" to refer to a monarch or "white house" to refer to the US government. It is a form of figurative language that adds depth and meaning to the text by creating a connection between two related concepts.

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  • 17. 

    When A part of somethin is used to represent the whole is what rhetorical device?

    • A.

      Zuegma

    • B.

      Pun

    • C.

      Synecdoche

    • D.

      Allusion

    • E.

      Paralellism

    Correct Answer
    C. Synecdoche
    Explanation
    A synecdoche is a rhetorical device where a part of something is used to represent the whole. For example, saying "all hands on deck" to mean that everyone should help is a synecdoche because the word "hands" represents the entire crew. This device is often used to create emphasis or make a point more memorable.

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  • 18. 

    Giving an uliving, unhumane thing human characteristics is which of the following Rhetorical devices?

    • A.

      Litotes

    • B.

      Rhetoric

    • C.

      Simile

    • D.

      Metaphor

    • E.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    E. Personification
    Explanation
    Personification is the correct answer because it refers to the rhetorical device of attributing human characteristics to non-living or inanimate objects. In this case, it is giving an unliving, inhumane thing human characteristics. Personification is often used in literature to make descriptions more vivid and engaging by giving life-like qualities to objects or ideas.

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  • 19. 

    Talking to someone who is not there, dead, not human is which rhetorical device?

    • A.

      Imagery

    • B.

      Alliteration

    • C.

      Rhetoric

    • D.

      Apostrophe

    • E.

      Allusion

    Correct Answer
    D. Apostrophe
    Explanation
    Apostrophe is a rhetorical device where a speaker addresses someone or something that is not physically present, such as a deceased person or an abstract concept. In this case, talking to someone who is not there, dead, or not human falls under the category of apostrophe. The speaker is using this device to give human-like qualities to the non-human or absent entity and create a sense of emotional connection or emphasis.

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  • 20. 

    The repetition of initial phrases at the beginning of a sentence is which of the following rhetorical devices?

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Satire

    • C.

      Anaphora

    • D.

      Irony

    • E.

      Pun

    Correct Answer
    C. Anaphora
    Explanation
    Anaphora is the repetition of initial phrases at the beginning of a sentence. This rhetorical device is often used to emphasize certain ideas or create a rhythmic effect in writing or speaking. It helps to make the message more memorable and impactful. Satire, metaphor, irony, and pun are not related to the repetition of initial phrases, making them incorrect options for this question.

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  • 21. 

    Saying one thing meaning another verbal, situational, or dramatic is which of the following rhetorical devices?

    • A.

      Irony

    • B.

      Anaphora

    • C.

      Litotes

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    • E.

      Juxtaposition

    Correct Answer
    A. Irony
    Explanation
    Irony is a rhetorical device where the intended meaning is different from the literal or surface meaning of the words. It involves saying one thing but meaning the opposite, often used to create humor, sarcasm, or to convey a deeper meaning. In this case, the correct answer is irony because it fits the description of saying one thing but meaning another, whether it is through verbal, situational, or dramatic means. Anaphora, litotes, hyperbole, and juxtaposition are not specifically related to this concept.

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  • 22. 

    Using one word to govern two parts of a sentence is which of the following rhetorical devices?

    • A.

      Pun

    • B.

      Analogy

    • C.

      Irony

    • D.

      Zuegma

    • E.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    D. Zuegma
    Explanation
    Zuegma is a rhetorical device that involves using one word to govern two or more parts of a sentence, often in a clever or unexpected way. In this case, the word "govern" is used to govern both "one word" and "two parts of a sentence," creating a play on words and adding a humorous or clever twist to the sentence. This makes "Zuegma" the correct answer for the given question.

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  • 23. 

    A phrase that uses confusion for rhetorical humor is which of the following rhetorical devices?

    • A.

      Synecdoche

    • B.

      Pun

    • C.

      Zuegma

    • D.

      Metonymy

    • E.

      Alliteration

    Correct Answer
    B. Pun
    Explanation
    A pun is a type of rhetorical device that uses confusion for humor. It involves playing with words that have multiple meanings or similar sounds to create a humorous effect. By using wordplay and clever ambiguity, puns often result in a humorous twist or a play on words.

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