Literary Terms Quizzes & Trivia

Do you know your allegories from your allusions? Can you spot a euphemism in a sentence? What about the complicated subject of verisimilitude? If all these literary terms are rolling off your tongue with ease, you’re in the right place for some quizzes! We’ve put together a mass of literary quizzes, questions and queries to get your brain ticking over – why not challenge yourself right now?

From anagrams to verse via syntax and oxymorons, we’ve compiled some of the finest literary quizzes on the web. Can you give us an example of foreshadowing? How about hyperbole? Do you dare to take one of our tests and claim the title of Quiz Master? 

This is a multiple-choice quiz over mood and tone. There are short reading passages and then multiple-choice questions over various skills, but mainly focused on mood and tone.

Questions: 8  |  Attempts: 38209   |  Last updated: Nov 22, 2019
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    Read the following poem, "A Birthday" by Christina Rossetti and answer the question below. My heart is like a singing bird.      Whose nest is a weathered shoot; My heart is like an apple-tree      Whose boughs are bent  with thick-set fruit; My heart is like a rainbow shell      That paddles in a halcyon [peaceful] sea; My heart is gladder than all these      Because my love has come to me. QUESTION: What mood do the details of the poem convey? (Look specifically at the three things the speaker compares her heart to.)

It's an essential requirement to have some knowledge of some basic literary terms to write something that matters. This quiz is based on some literary terms that define and identify personification, alliteration,...

Questions: 16  |  Attempts: 12885   |  Last updated: Aug 2, 2019
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    The repetition of the first consonant sound in words is:

The cell is the smallest unit of life and is considered the building block of life. The cell membrane is the covering that protects the interior of the cell from the extracellular space and is tasked with keeping toxic substances...

Questions: 10  |  Attempts: 6100   |  Last updated: Feb 1, 2019
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    A person in a story, or literary work.

Dealing with literary agents can be tricky.  How well do you understand the finer points of how they operate? (Answers & explanations given at end)

Questions: 12  |  Attempts: 1631   |  Last updated: Jan 19, 2016
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    If you feel strongly about a particular agent who posts that he or she is not presently taking new clients, you should go ahead and query that agent anyway.

This is a short quiz to review short story literary elements. 

Questions: 12  |  Attempts: 1476   |  Last updated: Dec 26, 2012
  • Sample Question
    The time and location in which a story takes place

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Literary Terms Questions & Answers

What figure of speech uses descriptions to engage the five senses of the reader?
The correct answer to this question is B. A figure of speech is a word or phrase used in a non-literal way to emphasize a point, be rhetorical, or speak more vividly. Imagery is a figure of speech that creates an image of what is being talked about b
What is the repetition of vowel sounds in the middle of words called?
Whats assonance? (this is just to fill ten word limit)
What type of figure of speech is used here? We need to weed the leafy garden.
What word is considered to be onomatopeia. Buet I agree it is assonance