Romeo & Juliet Literary Terms

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  • 1. 

    A reference in one work of literature to a person, place, or event in another work of literature or in history, art, or music.

    • A.

      Symbol

    • B.

      Irony

    • C.

      Allusion

    Correct Answer
    C. Allusion
    Explanation
    An allusion is a reference made in a work of literature to a person, place, event, or even another work of literature, history, art, or music. It is a way for the author to indirectly refer to something else, adding depth and complexity to the text. Allusions can be used to evoke certain emotions, create connections between different works, or provide additional context for the reader.

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  • 2. 

    An extended comparison showing the similarities between two things.

    • A.

      Analogy

    • B.

      Epithet

    • C.

      Pun

    Correct Answer
    A. Analogy
    Explanation
    An analogy is a form of comparison that highlights the similarities between two things. It helps to explain a complex idea or concept by drawing parallels to something more familiar or easily understood. By using analogy, one can make connections and draw conclusions based on the similarities between the two things being compared. This allows for a clearer understanding of the subject matter and aids in conveying information effectively.

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  • 3. 

    The character or force that works against the protagonist; introduces the conflict.

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Soliloquy

    • C.

      Antagonist

    Correct Answer
    C. Antagonist
    Explanation
    The correct answer is antagonist. In literature, the antagonist is a character or force that opposes the protagonist and creates conflict in the story. They serve as the main obstacle or source of opposition for the protagonist, driving the plot forward and creating tension. The antagonist can take many forms, such as a villain, rival, or even an internal struggle within the protagonist. Their presence and actions often challenge the protagonist's goals and values, leading to the development and resolution of the conflict.

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  • 4. 

    Words spoken by a character in a play, usually undertone and intended for the audience but not other characters in play.

    • A.

      Symbol

    • B.

      Aside

    • C.

      Dramatic structure

    Correct Answer
    B. Aside
    Explanation
    An aside is a term used in theater to describe words spoken by a character that are meant for the audience's ears only and not for the other characters in the play. It is usually spoken in an undertone and provides insight into the character's thoughts, intentions, or feelings. Asides are used to break the fourth wall and create a sense of intimacy between the character and the audience. They can also be used to provide additional information or commentary on the events happening on stage.

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  • 5. 

    Iambic pentameter with no rhyme.

    • A.

      Blank verse

    • B.

      Foil

    • C.

      Sonnet

    Correct Answer
    A. Blank verse
    Explanation
    Blank verse refers to unrhymed poetry written in iambic pentameter, which means each line has ten syllables with alternating stress patterns (unstressed followed by stressed). This form of verse is commonly used in plays and epic poems, allowing for a natural and flowing rhythm. Unlike a sonnet, which has a specific rhyme scheme and structure, blank verse provides more freedom in terms of rhyme and structure. A foil, on the other hand, refers to a character who contrasts with another character, highlighting their qualities.

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  • 6. 

    The personality a character displays; also, the means by which the author reveals the personality.

    • A.

      Protagonist

    • B.

      Characterization

    • C.

      Monologue

    Correct Answer
    B. Characterization
    Explanation
    Characterization refers to the way an author reveals a character's personality traits and qualities. It involves the use of various techniques such as dialogue, actions, thoughts, and interactions with other characters. By providing details about the character's appearance, behavior, and motivations, the author helps the reader understand and connect with the character. This process of characterization allows the reader to form a mental image of the character and develop a deeper understanding of their role in the story.

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  • 7. 

    The point of greatest emotional intensity, interest, or suspense in a narrative.

    • A.

      Climax

    • B.

      Irony

    • C.

      Theme

    Correct Answer
    A. Climax
    Explanation
    The climax is the point in a narrative where the emotional intensity, interest, or suspense reaches its highest point. It is the turning point in the story where the conflict or tension is at its peak and the outcome of the plot is determined. The climax is a crucial moment that often leads to resolution or a change in the story's direction. It is a key element in creating a sense of excitement and engagement for the reader or audience.

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  • 8. 

    A struggle (between opposing forces or characters)

    • A.

      Allusion

    • B.

      Motivation

    • C.

      Conflict

    Correct Answer
    C. Conflict
    Explanation
    Conflict refers to a struggle between opposing forces or characters. It is a key element in storytelling as it creates tension and drives the plot forward. Conflict can be internal, such as a character's inner struggle, or external, involving clashes between characters or groups. It can take various forms, such as man vs. man, man vs. nature, or man vs. society. Conflict is essential for creating drama and engaging the audience, as it presents obstacles and challenges that the characters must overcome to achieve their goals.

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  • 9. 

    Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme.

    • A.

      Iambic pentameter

    • B.

      Couplet

    • C.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    B. Couplet
    Explanation
    A couplet is a pair of consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme with each other. In a couplet, the two lines often form a complete thought or idea, making it a self-contained unit within a poem. The rhyme at the end of each line helps to create a sense of musicality and rhythm in the poem. Overall, a couplet adds structure and cohesion to the poem by connecting two lines together through rhyme.

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  • 10. 

    A writer's choice of words for clarity, effectiveness, and precision.

    • A.

      Diction

    • B.

      Dramatic structure

    • C.

      Oxymoron

    Correct Answer
    A. Diction
    Explanation
    Diction refers to the writer's choice of words, which plays a crucial role in determining the clarity, effectiveness, and precision of a piece of writing. By carefully selecting words, writers can convey their ideas more clearly, create a desired impact on the reader, and ensure that the message is communicated accurately. Therefore, diction is the most appropriate term to describe a writer's choice of words for clarity, effectiveness, and precision.

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  • 11. 

    A contrast between what the audience perceives and what a character does not know.

    • A.

      Suspense

    • B.

      Imagery

    • C.

      Dramatic irony

    Correct Answer
    C. Dramatic irony
    Explanation
    Dramatic irony refers to a situation in which the audience possesses knowledge that a character is unaware of. This creates a contrast between what the audience perceives and what the character knows, leading to suspense and often comedic or tragic effects. It involves the audience being aware of the true meaning or outcome of certain events or situations, while the character remains oblivious. This creates tension and anticipation as the audience waits for the character to discover the truth, making dramatic irony a powerful tool in storytelling.

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  • 12. 

    The structure of a play.

    • A.

      Dramatic structure

    • B.

      Sonnet

    • C.

      Climax

    Correct Answer
    A. Dramatic structure
    Explanation
    The term "dramatic structure" refers to the organization and arrangement of the various elements in a play. It includes the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. This structure helps to create a cohesive and engaging narrative for the audience. A sonnet, on the other hand, is a specific form of poetry consisting of 14 lines with a particular rhyme scheme. While both dramatic structure and sonnet involve the arrangement of elements, the correct answer is "dramatic structure" as it directly relates to the given topic of a play.

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  • 13. 

    A descriptive adjective or phrase used to characterize someone or something.

    • A.

      Aside

    • B.

      Epithet

    • C.

      Theme

    Correct Answer
    B. Epithet
    Explanation
    An epithet is a descriptive adjective or phrase used to characterize someone or something. It is a term or nickname that is often used to highlight a particular quality or characteristic of a person or thing. Epithets are commonly used in literature and poetry to add depth and meaning to a character or object. They can help create vivid imagery and convey a specific emotion or impression to the reader.

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  • 14. 

    Language that is not intended to be interpreted to a literal sense.

    • A.

      Figurative language

    • B.

      Couplet

    • C.

      Verbal irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Figurative language
    Explanation
    Figurative language refers to the use of words or expressions that are not meant to be taken literally, but rather to create a vivid or imaginative image in the reader's mind. It includes techniques such as metaphors, similes, personification, and hyperbole. Unlike literal language, which is straightforward and factual, figurative language adds depth and richness to writing by using creative and imaginative comparisons. In this context, figurative language is the correct answer because it accurately describes language that is not meant to be interpreted in a literal sense.

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  • 15. 

    A character who sets off another character by contrast.

    • A.

      Antagonist

    • B.

      Soliloquy

    • C.

      Foil

    Correct Answer
    C. Foil
    Explanation
    A foil is a character who is used to contrast and highlight the qualities of another character. They often have opposite traits or characteristics, which helps to emphasize the unique qualities of the main character. The purpose of a foil is to provide a clearer understanding of the main character's personality, motivations, or actions by presenting a contrasting character. This contrast can enhance the overall depth and complexity of the main character and contribute to the development of the story.

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  • 16. 

    The use of hints or clues in a narrative to suggest what action is to come.

    • A.

      Dramatic irony

    • B.

      Foreshadowing

    • C.

      Blank verse

    Correct Answer
    B. Foreshadowing
    Explanation
    Foreshadowing is the correct answer because it refers to the use of hints or clues in a narrative to suggest what action is to come. It is a literary technique used by authors to create suspense and build anticipation in the reader by subtly hinting at future events or outcomes. By introducing these hints or clues, the author prepares the reader for what is to come, making the story more engaging and impactful. Foreshadowing adds depth to the narrative and allows the reader to make connections and predictions about the plot.

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  • 17. 

    Unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.

    • A.

      Diction

    • B.

      Repetition

    • C.

      Iambic meter

    Correct Answer
    C. Iambic meter
    Explanation
    The correct answer is iambic meter. Iambic meter refers to a metrical pattern in poetry where an unstressed syllable is followed by a stressed syllable. This pattern creates a rhythmic flow in the poem. In this context, the unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable is characteristic of iambic meter. Diction and repetition do not specifically refer to this metrical pattern, making them incorrect answers.

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  • 18. 

    Five verse feet with each foot an iamb (a total of ten syllables).

    • A.

      Iambic pentameter

    • B.

      Blank verse

    • C.

      Simile

    Correct Answer
    A. Iambic pentameter
    Explanation
    The given correct answer, iambic pentameter, refers to a specific poetic meter that consists of five feet, with each foot containing an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable (iamb). This creates a rhythmic pattern of ten syllables in total. This meter is commonly used in English poetry, particularly in sonnets and plays, and is known for its smooth and flowing sound.

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  • 19. 

    Language that appeals to any sense (sight, hearing, taste, touch, or smell) or any combination of these senses.

    • A.

      Allusion

    • B.

      Imagery

    • C.

      Epithet

    Correct Answer
    B. Imagery
    Explanation
    Imagery refers to the use of language that appeals to the senses, such as sight, hearing, taste, touch, or smell. It creates vivid mental pictures and sensory experiences for the reader, making the writing more engaging and descriptive. This can be achieved through the use of descriptive words, sensory details, and figurative language. Therefore, imagery is the correct answer as it encompasses the use of language that appeals to any sense or combination of senses.

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  • 20. 

    Literary technique that portrays differences between appearances and reality.

    • A.

      Sonnet

    • B.

      Characterization

    • C.

      Irony

    Correct Answer
    C. Irony
    Explanation
    Irony is a literary technique that presents a contrast between what is expected and what actually happens. It often involves situations where the outcome is the opposite of what is anticipated or where there is a discrepancy between appearances and reality. Irony can be used to create humor, highlight hypocrisy, or convey a deeper meaning. It adds complexity and depth to a literary work by challenging the reader's expectations and forcing them to reconsider their assumptions.

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  • 21. 

    Comparison between two unlike things with the intent of giving added meaning to one of them.

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Foil

    • C.

      Aside

    Correct Answer
    A. Metaphor
    Explanation
    A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things in order to give added meaning to one of them. It creates a vivid image or understanding by equating one thing with another. Unlike a simile, which uses "like" or "as" to make the comparison, a metaphor directly states that one thing is another. In this case, the comparison between two unlike things is used to enhance the meaning of one of them.

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  • 22. 

    A reason that explains or partially explains why a character thinks, feels, acts, or behaves in a certain way.

    • A.

      Pun

    • B.

      Motivation

    • C.

      Theme

    Correct Answer
    B. Motivation
    Explanation
    Motivation refers to the underlying reason or driving force behind a character's thoughts, feelings, actions, or behaviors. It provides insight into why the character behaves in a certain way. Understanding a character's motivation helps the audience or reader to better comprehend their actions and decisions, and it adds depth and complexity to the character's portrayal. By exploring a character's motivation, the audience can gain a deeper understanding of their intentions and the factors that influence their behavior.

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  • 23. 

    The main character in a play or story.

    • A.

      Protagonist

    • B.

      Antagonist

    • C.

      Figurative language

    Correct Answer
    A. Protagonist
    Explanation
    The protagonist is the main character in a play or story. They are typically the central figure around whom the plot revolves and with whom the audience or readers are meant to identify or sympathize. The protagonist is usually the one who faces challenges, undergoes character development, and drives the narrative forward. They may have both positive and negative qualities, but they are ultimately the character with whom the audience is meant to root for or invest in emotionally.

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  • 24. 

    The humorous use of a word or phrase to suggest two or more meanings at the same time.

    • A.

      Personification

    • B.

      Pun

    • C.

      Foreshadowing

    Correct Answer
    B. Pun
    Explanation
    A pun is a form of wordplay that involves using a word or phrase to suggest multiple meanings simultaneously, often for humorous effect. It relies on the ambiguity or double entendre of the words used to create a clever or witty play on words. In this case, the humorous use of a word or phrase to suggest multiple meanings aligns perfectly with the definition of a pun.

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  • 25. 

    The return of a word, phrase, stanza form, or effect in any form of literature.

    • A.

      Soliloquy

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Repetition

    Correct Answer
    C. Repetition
    Explanation
    Repetition refers to the return of a word, phrase, stanza form, or effect in any form of literature. It is a literary device used to emphasize certain ideas, create rhythm, or enhance the overall impact of a piece of writing. By repeating certain words or phrases, the author can reinforce the message they want to convey and make it more memorable for the reader. Repetition can also create a sense of unity and cohesion within a text, tying different parts together and creating a sense of familiarity for the audience.

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  • 26. 

    A long, uninterrupted speech presented in front of other characters.

    • A.

      Imagery

    • B.

      Monologue

    • C.

      Analogy

    Correct Answer
    B. Monologue
    Explanation
    A monologue is a long, uninterrupted speech presented in front of other characters. It is a literary device used to express the thoughts, feelings, or intentions of a character. Unlike a dialogue, where multiple characters interact, a monologue allows one character to speak at length without interruption. Therefore, the correct answer for this question is monologue.

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  • 27. 

    A figure or speech that combines apparently contradictory terms.

    • A.

      Oxymoron

    • B.

      Repetition

    • C.

      Irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Oxymoron
    Explanation
    An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms to create a unique and often humorous effect. It is a literary device used to express a paradox and create a contrast between two opposing ideas. Examples of oxymorons include "jumbo shrimp," "bittersweet," and "living dead." The term "oxymoron" itself is an oxymoron, as it combines the Greek words "oxy" meaning sharp and "moros" meaning dull. So, an oxymoron is the correct answer because it perfectly fits the description of a figure or speech that combines apparently contradictory terms.

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  • 28. 

    A figure of speech in which an animal, object, natural force, or idea is given a personality and described with human characteristics.

    • A.

      Characterization

    • B.

      Personification

    • C.

      Verbal irony

    Correct Answer
    B. Personification
    Explanation
    Personification is the correct answer because it is a figure of speech that gives human qualities to non-human things. It allows the reader to connect with and understand these non-human things on a deeper level. This figure of speech is commonly used in literature to make descriptions more vivid and engaging.

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  • 29. 

    A comparison made between two dissimilar things through the use of a specific word of comparison such as like and as.

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Symbol

    • C.

      Irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Simile
    Explanation
    A simile is a figure of speech that compares two dissimilar things using words such as "like" or "as." It helps to create vivid imagery and make a comparison more relatable or understandable for the reader. In this case, the correct answer is simile because it matches the description provided in the question.

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  • 30. 

    A contrast between what is expected and what really happens.

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Climax

    • C.

      Situational irony

    Correct Answer
    C. Situational irony
    Explanation
    Situational irony refers to a situation where there is a contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually occurs. It involves a twist or unexpected outcome that is contrary to what the audience or characters anticipate. This can create a sense of surprise or humor in the story. In contrast, a metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two unrelated things, climax refers to the highest point of tension or excitement in a narrative, and situational irony specifically deals with unexpected outcomes. Therefore, situational irony is the best fit for the given description.

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  • 31. 

    A speech in which a character is alone on stage and expresses thoughts out loud.

    • A.

      Soliloquy

    • B.

      Couplet

    • C.

      Motivation

    Correct Answer
    A. Soliloquy
    Explanation
    A soliloquy is a type of speech where a character is alone on stage and expresses their thoughts out loud. It is a way for the character to reveal their innermost feelings, desires, and motivations to the audience. This device is commonly used in plays to provide insight into a character's mindset and to advance the plot. Unlike a dialogue or monologue, a soliloquy is a moment of introspection and self-reflection for the character, allowing the audience to gain a deeper understanding of their thoughts and emotions.

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  • 32. 

    A fourteen-line lyric poem, usually written in iambic pentameter, that has one of several rhyme schemes. 

    • A.

      Diction

    • B.

      Sonnet

    • C.

      Monologue

    Correct Answer
    B. Sonnet
    Explanation
    A sonnet is a fourteen-line lyric poem that is typically written in iambic pentameter and follows one of several rhyme schemes. It is a specific form of poetry that has been used by many famous poets throughout history. The word "diction" refers to the choice and use of words in a poem, while a "monologue" is a speech given by a single character in a play or performance. Therefore, the correct answer is sonnet.

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  • 33. 

    Any object, person, place, or action that has a meaning in itself and that also stands for something larger than itself-such as a quality, attitude, belief, or value.

    • A.

      Symbol

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Pun

    Correct Answer
    A. Symbol
    Explanation
    A symbol is an object, person, place, or action that has a meaning in itself and also represents something larger than itself. It can be a quality, attitude, belief, or value. Symbols are used to convey deeper meanings or messages in literature, art, and other forms of communication. They help to enhance the understanding and interpretation of the subject matter by adding layers of significance and creating connections between the concrete and the abstract.

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  • 34. 

    That quality of a literary work that makes the reader or audience uncertain or tense about the outcome of events.

    • A.

      Dramatic irony

    • B.

      Suspense

    • C.

      Iambic pentameter

    Correct Answer
    B. Suspense
    Explanation
    Suspense refers to the quality in a literary work that creates uncertainty or tension about the outcome of events. It keeps the reader or audience on edge, eagerly anticipating what will happen next. Suspense is often used in thrillers, mysteries, and horror stories to engage the audience and maintain their interest. It is achieved through various techniques such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, and unexpected plot twists. By keeping the outcome uncertain, suspense heightens the emotional impact of the story and keeps the audience engaged until the resolution is revealed.

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  • 35. 

    The central idea/s of a work of literature.

    • A.

      Theme

    • B.

      Dramatic structure

    • C.

      Climax

    Correct Answer
    A. Theme
    Explanation
    The central idea/s of a work of literature refers to the underlying message or main topic that the author wants to convey to the readers. It is the overarching concept or concept that runs throughout the entire story. While dramatic structure and climax are important elements in a work of literature, they do not encompass the overall central ideas. Therefore, the correct answer for this question is "theme."

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  • 36. 

    A contrast between what is said and what is meant.

    • A.

      Oxymoron

    • B.

      Verbal irony

    • C.

      Imagery

    Correct Answer
    B. Verbal irony
    Explanation
    Verbal irony refers to a situation where someone says something but means the opposite. It involves a contrast between the literal meaning of the words and the intended meaning. This is different from an oxymoron, which is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms, and imagery, which involves the use of vivid descriptions to create mental images. Therefore, the correct answer for this question is verbal irony.

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