Level One Ncea Language Features

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Level One Ncea Language Features - Quiz

Learn the most commonly used verbal features then test your knowledge


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  • 1. 

    What is a metaphor?

    • A.

      Provides factual evidence to support your argument

    • B.

      A parallel situation that helps people understand an idea

    • C.

      A comparison of two different things

    • D.

      Using two colours to catch attention

    Correct Answer
    C. A comparison of two different things
    Explanation
    A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two different things, highlighting their similarities without using the words "like" or "as". It helps to create a vivid image in the reader's mind and adds depth and meaning to the text. By comparing two different things, a metaphor allows the reader to understand and interpret an idea or concept in a more relatable and engaging way.

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  • 2. 

    What is an extended metaphor?

    • A.

      Repeating the consonant anywhere in a number of words

    • B.

      Dramatic exaggeration

    • C.

      Saying one thing but meaning another

    • D.

      A comparison between two unlike things that continues throughout a series of sentences in a paragraph or lines in a poem

    Correct Answer
    D. A comparison between two unlike things that continues throughout a series of sentences in a paragraph or lines in a poem
    Explanation
    An extended metaphor is a comparison between two unlike things that is sustained and developed throughout a series of sentences in a paragraph or lines in a poem. Unlike a regular metaphor that may only be used once, an extended metaphor is used repeatedly to create a deeper meaning or to explore a particular theme or idea. It allows the writer to make a complex comparison and draw out various aspects and nuances of the comparison over an extended period of time.

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  • 3. 

    What is a simple sentence?

    • A.

      It contains a subject and a verb, and it expresses a complete thought

    • B.

      An independent clause joined by one or more dependent clauses.

    • C.

      It contains two independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction

    • D.

      It is a command

    Correct Answer
    A. It contains a subject and a verb, and it expresses a complete thought
    Explanation
    A simple sentence is a sentence that contains a subject and a verb, and it expresses a complete thought. This means that it can stand alone as a complete sentence and does not require any additional information or clauses to make sense. It is the most basic type of sentence structure and is commonly used in everyday communication.

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  • 4. 

    A metaphor is a visual technique

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A metaphor is not a visual technique. It is a figure of speech that compares two unrelated things by stating that one thing is another thing. It is a way to create a vivid image or evoke a certain feeling in the reader's mind. While metaphors can be used in visual arts, they are not exclusively a visual technique.

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  • 5. 

    What is personification?

    • A.

      A comparison between two objects using “like” or “as”

    • B.

      Repeating key words.

    • C.

      Dramatic exaggeration

    • D.

      When a composer transforms a non human object into a human by giving the object human qualities

    Correct Answer
    D. When a composer transforms a non human object into a human by giving the object human qualities
    Explanation
    Personification is a literary device where a non-human object is given human qualities by a composer. This means that the composer is attributing human characteristics, such as emotions or actions, to something that is not human. This can help to create a more vivid and relatable description or depiction of the object.

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  • 6. 

    What is onomatopoeia?

    • A.

      When a composer transforms a non human object into a human by giving the object human qualities

    • B.

      Words which sound like their meanings.

    • C.

      Repeating key words.

    • D.

      A "play on words"

    Correct Answer
    B. Words which sound like their meanings.
    Explanation
    Onomatopoeia refers to words that imitate or resemble the sound they represent. It is a literary device used to create a sensory experience for the reader by using words that sound like their meanings. For example, words like "buzz," "hiss," or "boom" are examples of onomatopoeia because they mimic the sounds they describe. This explanation accurately describes the concept of onomatopoeia without explicitly stating that it is the correct answer.

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  • 7. 

    What is emotive language or vocabulary?

    • A.

      Words used deliberately to create an emotional impact or response

    • B.

      A stream of words, separated by commas

    • C.

      A figure of speech in which a word or phrase meaning one kind of idea is used in place of another to suggest a similarity.

    • D.

      Sets the tone for the reader's expectations and determines whether a work will be happy or sad.

    Correct Answer
    A. Words used deliberately to create an emotional impact or response
    Explanation
    Emotive language or vocabulary refers to the use of words that are intentionally chosen to evoke strong emotions or reactions in the reader or listener. By using emotive language, the speaker or writer aims to create a specific emotional impact or response from the audience. This can be done by using words that are associated with strong feelings such as happiness, anger, fear, or sadness. The purpose of using emotive language is to engage the audience on an emotional level and make them more receptive to the message being conveyed.

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  • 8. 

    The rude shop assistant refused to answer any of my questions. What function does the word shop perform in this sentence

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Verb

    • C.

      Pronoun

    • D.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    D. Adjective
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "shop" is functioning as an adjective. It is describing the type of assistant, specifically that they work in a shop.

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  • 9. 

    What is an adjective?

    • A.

      A word that stands in place of a noun

    • B.

      A word that describes a noun

    • C.

      A word that describes a pronoun

    • D.

      An action

    Correct Answer
    B. A word that describes a noun
    Explanation
    An adjective is a word that describes a noun. It provides more information about the noun by giving details about its size, shape, color, or qualities. Adjectives help to make sentences more descriptive and specific. They modify or clarify the meaning of the noun they are associated with.

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  • 10. 

    What does connotation mean?

    • A.

      The association or set of associations that a word usually brings to mind

    • B.

      A words explicit definition as listed in a dictionary

    • C.

      A figure of speech in which a word or phrase meaning one kind of idea is used in place of another to suggest a similarity.

    • D.

      Words which sound like their meanings.

    Correct Answer
    A. The association or set of associations that a word usually brings to mind
    Explanation
    Connotation refers to the implied meaning or emotional associations that a word carries, beyond its literal definition. It encompasses the feelings, ideas, or images that are commonly associated with a particular word. This can vary depending on cultural or personal experiences, and can greatly influence how a word is perceived or understood.

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  • 11. 

    When a comparison uses the word 'like' or 'as' it is a....?

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Pun

    • C.

      Hyperbole

    • D.

      Simile

    Correct Answer
    D. Simile
    Explanation
    A simile is a figure of speech that compares two things using the words "like" or "as". In this case, the question is asking about the type of comparison that uses the word "like" or "as", indicating that it is a simile. A simile helps to create a vivid image or understanding by comparing two different things in a clear and direct manner.

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  • 12. 

    I am running on empty. In this sentence what function does the word 'running' perform?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Adjective

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Verb

    Correct Answer
    D. Verb
    Explanation
    The word 'running' in the sentence "I am running on empty" functions as a verb. It describes the action of the subject, which is 'I', indicating that the person is physically running or moving in some way.

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  • 13. 

    What is a verb?

    • A.

      An action or state of being

    • B.

      A name for something

    • C.

      A subject

    • D.

      An object

    Correct Answer
    A. An action or state of being
    Explanation
    A verb is a word that expresses an action or a state of being. It is used to describe what someone or something is doing or experiencing. Verbs are essential in constructing sentences and conveying meaning. They can show actions such as run, eat, or sleep, as well as states of being such as is, was, or will be. In this context, the correct answer accurately defines a verb as an action or state of being.

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  • 14. 

    Using the same consonant letter at the beginning of a number of words placed close together is called what?

    • A.

      Assonance

    • B.

      Alliteration

    • C.

      Allusion

    • D.

      Anecdote

    Correct Answer
    B. Alliteration
    Explanation
    Alliteration is the correct answer because it refers to the repetition of the same consonant sound at the beginning of multiple words in close proximity. This literary device is often used to create rhythm, emphasis, and musicality in writing and poetry. Examples of alliteration include "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers" and "She sells seashells by the seashore."

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  • 15. 

    Repeating the same vowel sound in a number of words placed closely together is called what?

    • A.

      Assonance

    • B.

      Alliteration

    • C.

      Allusion

    • D.

      Anecdote

    Correct Answer
    A. Assonance
    Explanation
    Assonance refers to the repetition of the same vowel sound in a series of words placed closely together. It is a literary device used to create rhythm, enhance the musicality of a piece of writing, and add emphasis to certain words or phrases. Alliteration, on the other hand, refers to the repetition of the same consonant sound at the beginning of words. Allusion is a reference to another work of literature or historical event, while an anecdote is a short personal story or account.

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  • 16. 

    What does the term parallel structures or construction refer to?

    • A.

      Start and finish in a similar structure

    • B.

      A word or group of words is repeated throughout the writing to create impact.

    • C.

      Particular words that are used and understood only by people who are experts or specifically involved in different groups.

    • D.

      A recognisable word, phrase or a concept that has been used so often that it has lost its impact.

    Correct Answer
    A. Start and finish in a similar structure
    Explanation
    Parallel structures or construction refer to the use of similar grammatical structures or patterns at the beginning and end of sentences or phrases. This creates a sense of balance and symmetry in the writing, making it more coherent and easier to understand. By using parallel structures, the writer can emphasize key points and create a rhythmic flow in their writing.

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  • 17. 

    What is the term given to a word that stands in place of a name?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Verb

    • C.

      Adjective

    • D.

      Pronoun

    Correct Answer
    D. Pronoun
    Explanation
    A pronoun is a word that is used in place of a noun. It is used to avoid repetition and make sentences more concise. For example, instead of saying "John is a doctor. John is very smart," we can use the pronoun "he" to say "John is a doctor. He is very smart." In this case, "he" is the pronoun that stands in place of the noun "John." Therefore, the correct answer is pronoun.

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  • 18. 

    What is listing?

    • A.

      A word or group of words is repeated throughout the writing to create impact.

    • B.

      A stream of words, separated by commas. It is used to enhance the message and provide impact.

    • C.

      A recognisable word, phrase or a concept that has been used so often that it has lost its impact.

    • D.

      Particular words that are used and understood only by people who are experts or specifically involved in different groups.

    Correct Answer
    B. A stream of words, separated by commas. It is used to enhance the message and provide impact.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A stream of words, separated by commas. It is used to enhance the message and provide impact." This explanation accurately describes what listing is - a series of words or phrases separated by commas, used to enhance the message and create impact.

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  • 19. 

    What type of sentence contains an independent clause and one or more dependent clauses?

    • A.

      Complex

    • B.

      Compound

    • C.

      Complex-compound

    • D.

      Simple

    Correct Answer
    A. Complex
    Explanation
    A complex sentence contains an independent clause, which can stand alone as a complete sentence, and one or more dependent clauses, which cannot stand alone as complete sentences. The dependent clauses rely on the independent clause for meaning and function within the sentence. Therefore, a complex sentence is the correct answer because it fits the description of containing both an independent clause and one or more dependent clauses.

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  • 20. 

    Which word from the list below is not a subordinating conjunction?

    • A.

      Because

    • B.

      Nor

    • C.

      While

    • D.

      Once

    • E.

      Before

    Correct Answer
    B. Nor
    Explanation
    The word "nor" is not a subordinating conjunction. Subordinating conjunctions are used to introduce subordinate clauses that depend on the main clause for their meaning. Examples of subordinating conjunctions include "because," "while," and "before." However, "nor" is a coordinating conjunction that is used to connect two negative alternatives in a sentence.

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  • 21. 

    Which word from the list below is not a subordinating conjunction?

    • A.

      Until

    • B.

      Although

    • C.

      When

    • D.

      Unless

    • E.

      But

    Correct Answer
    E. But
    Explanation
    The word "but" is not a subordinating conjunction. Subordinating conjunctions are used to introduce dependent clauses and show a relationship between the dependent clause and the independent clause. Examples of subordinating conjunctions include "until," "although," "when," and "unless." However, "but" is a coordinating conjunction that is used to join two independent clauses or words of equal importance.

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  • 22. 

    In a complex sentence, what sort of conjunction is used to join the dependent clause to the independent clause?

    • A.

      Co-ordinating conjunction

    • B.

      Subordinating conjunction

    Correct Answer
    B. Subordinating conjunction
    Explanation
    A subordinating conjunction is used to join a dependent clause to an independent clause in a complex sentence. This type of conjunction shows the relationship between the two clauses, with the dependent clause being subordinate or less important than the independent clause. Subordinating conjunctions include words such as "because," "although," "while," and "if," among others. They help to clarify the relationship and hierarchy between the ideas expressed in the two clauses.

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  • 23. 

    What kind of sentence contains two independent clauses joined by a co-ordinating conjunction?

    • A.

      Complex

    • B.

      Compound

    • C.

      Complex-compound

    • D.

      Simple

    Correct Answer
    B. Compound
    Explanation
    A compound sentence contains two independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction. This means that both clauses can stand alone as separate sentences, but they are connected by a coordinating conjunction such as "and," "but," or "or." In a compound sentence, the clauses have equal importance and are often used to show a relationship or contrast between ideas.

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  • 24. 

    Which of the following is not a co-ordinating conjunction?

    • A.

      And

    • B.

      But

    • C.

      If

    • D.

      So

    Correct Answer
    C. If
    Explanation
    Coordinating conjunctions are used to join two or more words, phrases, or clauses of equal importance. They include words like "and," "but," and "so." However, "if" is not a coordinating conjunction. It is a subordinating conjunction that introduces a conditional clause.

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  • 25. 

    Which of the following is not a co-ordinating conjunction?

    • A.

      As

    • B.

      Yet

    • C.

      Or

    • D.

      Nor

    Correct Answer
    A. As
    Explanation
    The coordinating conjunctions are words that connect two or more words, phrases, or clauses of equal importance in a sentence. They include words like "and," "but," "or," "nor," "for," "so," and "yet." In this case, "As" is not a coordinating conjunction. It is typically used as a subordinating conjunction to introduce a subordinate clause.

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  • 26. 

    Which of the following is not a function of an imperative?

    • A.

      Telling people what to do

    • B.

      Asking a question

    • C.

      Giving a command

    • D.

      Giving instructions

    Correct Answer
    B. Asking a question
    Explanation
    Asking a question is not a function of an imperative because imperatives are used to give commands, instructions, or orders. Asking a question involves seeking information or clarification, which is not the purpose of an imperative. Imperatives are typically used to direct or instruct someone to perform a specific action.

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  • 27. 

    Which of the following sentences is not an imperative?

    • A.

      He left it on the counter

    • B.

      Come in and sit down

    • C.

      Buy now.

    • D.

      Play your part

    • E.

      Put the coin in the slot and press the red button

    Correct Answer
    A. He left it on the counter
    Explanation
    The sentence "He left it on the counter" is not an imperative because it is a statement describing an action that has already happened, rather than giving a command or instruction. Imperative sentences typically start with a verb and are used to give orders, make requests, or give directions. In this case, the sentence is simply stating a fact about someone leaving something on the counter.

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  • 28. 

    Which of the following statements is true?

    • A.

      An imperative contains a subject and a verb

    • B.

      An imperative usually contains a subject

    • C.

      An imperative never contains a subject

    • D.

      An imperative never contains a verb

    Correct Answer
    C. An imperative never contains a subject
    Explanation
    An imperative is a type of sentence that gives a command or makes a request. In English, imperatives typically do not include a subject because the subject is understood to be "you". Instead, they consist of a verb that directly expresses the action or command. Therefore, the statement "An imperative never contains a subject" is true.

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  • 29. 

    When a word or group of words is repeated throughout the writing to create impact it is called?

    • A.

      Listing

    • B.

      Repetition

    • C.

      Hyperbole

    • D.

      Parallel construction

    Correct Answer
    B. Repetition
    Explanation
    Repetition is the correct answer because when a word or group of words is repeated throughout the writing, it creates emphasis and impact. This technique is commonly used in literature, poetry, speeches, and advertising to reinforce a certain idea or theme. By repeating certain words or phrases, the writer or speaker aims to make their message more memorable and persuasive to the audience.

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  • 30. 

    What is contrast?

    • A.

      A similarity

    • B.

      An opposite

    • C.

      A clear difference between two things

    • D.

      A pause

    Correct Answer
    C. A clear difference between two things
    Explanation
    Contrast refers to a clear difference between two things. It is the comparison of two or more elements that highlights their differences and creates a distinct separation between them. Contrast can be observed in various aspects such as color, texture, size, shape, or ideas. It helps to emphasize the unique characteristics of each element and make them stand out in relation to each other.

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  • 31. 

    What is exaggeration for effect called?

    • A.

      Conotation

    • B.

      Denotation

    • C.

      Enjambment

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    D. Hyperbole
    Explanation
    Hyperbole is a figure of speech that involves exaggeration for emphasis or dramatic effect. It is used to make a point or create a vivid image by stretching the truth beyond what is reasonable. In this context, exaggeration for effect is called hyperbole.

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  • 32. 

    What is colloquial language?

    • A.

      It is informal language that would not be used in formal situations

    • B.

      It is particular words that are used and understood only by people who are experts or specifically involved in different groups.

    • C.

      It is the name for new words, invented by social or cultural groups.

    • D.

      It is a recognisable word, phrase or a concept that has been used so often that it has lost its impact

    Correct Answer
    A. It is informal language that would not be used in formal situations
    Explanation
    Colloquial language refers to informal language that is not suitable for formal situations. It is characterized by its relaxed and casual nature, often including slang, regional dialects, and conversational expressions. This type of language is commonly used in everyday conversations among friends, family, and acquaintances, but would not be appropriate in professional or formal settings where more formal language is expected.

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  • 33. 

    What is jargon?

    • A.

      It is a recognisable word, phrase or a concept that has been used so often that it has lost its impact

    • B.

      It is language (in particular adjectives or adverbs) that relate to or refer to emotions

    • C.

      It is exaggerating for effect

    • D.

      It is particular words that are used and understood only by people who are experts or specifically involved in different groups.

    Correct Answer
    D. It is particular words that are used and understood only by people who are experts or specifically involved in different groups.
    Explanation
    Jargon refers to particular words or phrases that are commonly used and understood by people who are experts or specifically involved in different groups. These terms may be technical or specialized and may not be easily understood by those outside of the specific field or group. Jargon helps facilitate communication within a particular community or profession, but can be confusing or exclusionary to those who are not familiar with the terminology.

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  • 34. 

    What is a play on words called?

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Onomatopoeia

    • C.

      Euphemism

    • D.

      Pun

    Correct Answer
    D. Pun
    Explanation
    A play on words is called a pun. A pun is a form of wordplay that exploits multiple meanings of a word, or words that sound similar but have different meanings. Puns are often used to create humor or to add a clever and witty twist to a sentence or phrase.

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  • 35. 

    When two words sound the same they are said to....

    • A.

      Match

    • B.

      Rhyme

    • C.

      Rhythm

    • D.

      Mingle

    Correct Answer
    B. Rhyme
    Explanation
    When two words sound the same, they are said to rhyme. Rhyming words have similar sounds at the end of the word, usually with the same vowel and consonant sounds. This creates a pleasing and musical effect in poetry or songs. Rhyming can also be used to create a sense of repetition or to emphasize certain words or ideas.

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