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Language Arts: Mrs. Garcia
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Quiz Yourself on Literary Terms
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  1. alliteration
  2. allusion
  3. anaphora
  4. antithesis
  5. assonance
  6. consonance
  7. diction
  8. hyperbole
  9. imagery
  10. metaphor
  11. oxymoron
  12. paradox
  13. personification
  14. pun
  15. rhyme
  16. simile
  17. symbol
  18. understatement
  19. verbal irony



_____1. Use of contradictory words in the same phrase


_____2.  Repetition of vowel sounds in a series of words


_____3.  Repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of lines, clauses, or sentences.


_____4. Repetition of initial consonant sounds


_____5. An indirect reference to a mythological, literary, or historical person, place, person or thing.


_____6. An image which stands for something larger than itself


_____7. placement of opposite ideas in similar grammatical structure


_____8. Comparison of two unlike objects without using the words like or as. The objects are compared by identifying them or by substituting one for the other.


_____9. Words or phrases a writer uses to represent persons, objects, actions, feelings, and ideas descriptively by appealing to the senses.


_____10. Repetition of sounds in two or more words or phrases that appear close to each other in a poem


_____11. A comparison of two unlike things using the words like or as


_____12. Repetition of a consonant sound within a series of words to produce a harmonious effect


_____13. A play on words based on the similarity of sound between two words with different meanings

_____14. Word choice intended to convey a certain effect.


_____15. A seemingly contradictory statement which proves true when you think about it


_____16. An intentional representation of something as less than it is


_____17. when there is a difference between what is said and what is meant


_____18. An intentional exaggeration of something for dramatic or comic effect


_____19. to give an inanimate object human qualities    


For each example below, identify what literary term it illustrates. Not all terms will be used.


  1. alliteration
  2. allusion
  3. anaphora
  4. antithesis
  5. metaphor
  6. paradox
  7. personification
  8. pun
  9. simile
  10. understatement
  11. verbal irony

_____20. “Life is a broken-winged bird/That cannot fly”


_____21. He'd never gone hunting but decided to give it a shot.


_____22. “I must be cruel to be kind.”


_____23. “Some tinfoil was sticking in a knothole in the fence just above my eye level, winking at me in the afternoon sun.”


_____24. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”


_____25. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.





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