Gt English Rhetorical Devices

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  • 1. 

    Which of the following is this: figure of repetition that occurs when the last word or terms in one sentence, clause, or phrase is/are repeated at or very near the beginning of the next sentence, clause, or phrase.

    • A.

      Metonymy

    • B.

      Parallelism

    • C.

      Anaphora

    • D.

      Anadiplosis

    Correct Answer
    D. Anadiplosis
    Explanation
    Anadiplosis is a figure of repetition that occurs when the last word or terms in one sentence, clause, or phrase is/are repeated at or very near the beginning of the next sentence, clause, or phrase. This repetition creates a sense of continuity and emphasis, drawing attention to the repeated word or phrase and linking the ideas together. It helps to create a rhythmic and memorable effect in the writing or speech.

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  • 2. 

     Which of the following is this: a figure of repetition that occurs when the first word or set of words in one sentence, clause, or phrase is/are repeated at or very near the beginning of successive sentences, clauses, or phrases; repetition of the initial word(s) over successive phrases or clauses.

    • A.

      Litotes

    • B.

      Parallelism

    • C.

      Anaphora

    • D.

      Epanalepsis

    Correct Answer
    C. Anaphora
    Explanation
    Anaphora is a figure of repetition that involves the repetition of the initial word or set of words at or near the beginning of successive sentences, clauses, or phrases. This creates emphasis and adds rhythm to the writing. It is different from parallelism, which involves repeating the same grammatical structure, and epanalepsis, which involves repeating the same word or phrase at the beginning and end of a sentence. Litotes, on the other hand, is a figure of speech that involves understatement.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following is this: a figure of emphasis in which the words in one phrase or clause are replicated, exactly or closely, in reverse grammatical order in the next phrase or clause; an inverted order of repeated words in adjacent phrases or clauses (A-B, B-A). 

    • A.

      Antimetaboli

    • B.

      Hypophora

    • C.

      Chiasmus

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Chiasmus
    Explanation
    Chiasmus is a figure of emphasis in which the words in one phrase or clause are replicated, exactly or closely, in reverse grammatical order in the next phrase or clause. It involves an inverted order of repeated words in adjacent phrases or clauses, creating a balanced and symmetrical structure.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following applies to this sentence: "It's so stupid, it's positively brilliant!" 

    • A.

      Anaphora

    • B.

      Synecdoche

    • C.

      Paradox

    • D.

      Polysyndeton

    Correct Answer
    C. Paradox
    Explanation
    The sentence "It's so stupid, it's positively brilliant!" is an example of a paradox. A paradox is a statement that seems contradictory or absurd, but upon closer examination, reveals a deeper truth or meaning. In this sentence, the use of the word "stupid" suggests something negative or unintelligent, but the addition of "positively brilliant" contradicts that initial impression. The sentence is intentionally contradictory to create a sense of surprise or irony.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following is this: a figure that employs an apparent contradiction which, nonetheless, evokes some measure of truth; a statement which seems at one level to be nonsensical because it moves against a normalcy. At another level, however, the figure conjures a new way of seeing or understanding, a novel meaning.

    • A.

      Rhetorical Question

    • B.

      Sententia

    • C.

      Hyperbole

    • D.

      Paradox

    Correct Answer
    D. Paradox
    Explanation
    A paradox is a figure of speech that presents a statement that seems contradictory or nonsensical at first, but upon further reflection, it reveals a deeper truth or meaning. It challenges our conventional understanding and forces us to think differently. In this case, the figure employs an apparent contradiction that evokes some measure of truth and conjures a new way of seeing or understanding. This aligns with the definition and characteristics of a paradox.

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  • 6. 

    The following sentence is an example of what?  "The king is dead, long live the king."

    • A.

      Epanalepsis

    • B.

      Hypophora

    • C.

      Metonymy

    • D.

      Litotes

    Correct Answer
    A. Epanalepsis
    Explanation
    The sentence "The king is dead, long live the king" is an example of epanalepsis. Epanalepsis is a rhetorical device where a word or phrase is repeated at the beginning and end of a sentence or clause for emphasis. In this sentence, the phrase "the king" is repeated, creating a powerful and memorable effect.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following is this: a figure of reasoning in which one or more questions is/are asked and then answered, often at length, by one and the same speaker; raising and responding to one's own question(s). 

    • A.

      Hyperphora

    • B.

      Hypotaxis

    • C.

      Hypophora

    • D.

      Litotes

    Correct Answer
    C. Hypophora
    Explanation
    Hypophora is a figure of reasoning in which one or more questions is/are asked and then answered by the same speaker. It involves raising and responding to one's own questions. This technique is often used to engage the audience, create anticipation, and emphasize a point.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following is this: "Not bad of a job you did there.  Not bad, kid.  Not bad at all."

    • A.

      Anaphora only

    • B.

      Parallel Structure only

    • C.

      Litotes and Parallelism

    • D.

      Anaphora and Litotes

    Correct Answer
    D. Anaphora and Litotes
    Explanation
    Anaphora is when the same clause of word is used repeatedly. Another example would be: " But that's *not the kind of change* America needs. It's *not the kind of change* America wants. And it's *not the kind of change* we can abide in a nation we still call 'God's country.'" - Buchanan

    Parallelism could be: "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall *pay any price*, *bear any burden*, *meet any hardship*, *support any friend*, *oppose any foe* to assure the survival and the success of liberty." - Kennedy

    *(word)* - specific example in the example :)

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  • 9. 

    Which of the following is this: a figure of comparison in which a word standing for part of something is used for the whole of that thing or vice versa; any part or portion or quality of a thing used to stand for the whole of the thing or vice versa -- genus to species or species to genus.

    • A.

      Chiasmus

    • B.

      Polysyndeton

    • C.

      Synecdoche

    • D.

      Sententia

    Correct Answer
    C. Synecdoche
    Explanation
    A synecdoche is a figure of speech in which a part of something is used to represent the whole or vice versa. It involves using a specific part or portion or quality of a thing to stand for the whole thing or vice versa. This can involve using a genus to represent a species or a species to represent a genus. This figure of comparison is known as synecdoche.

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  • 10. 

     Which of the following is this: Figure of argument in which a wise, witty, or pithy maxim or aphorism is used to sum up the preceding material.

    • A.

      Sentencia

    • B.

      Apostrophe

    • C.

      Litotes

    • D.

      Sententia

    Correct Answer
    D. Sententia
    Explanation
    Sententia is the correct answer because it refers to a figure of argument where a wise, witty, or pithy maxim or aphorism is used to summarize the preceding material. It is a rhetorical device used to make a concise and impactful statement that captures the essence of the argument.

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  • 11. 

    The following is an example of what: "Time, why do you lure us with the thought of Friday then taunt us with Monday?"

    • A.

      Epanelepsis

    • B.

      Apostrophe

    • C.

      Analogy

    • D.

      Ethos

    Correct Answer
    B. Apostrophe
    Explanation
    That example I made up... here's a better example: "Hello darkness, my old friend. I've come to talk with you again."

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