Quiz about So You Know Your Figurative and Poetic Language
Quiz about So You Know Your Figurative and Poetic Language

So You Know Your Figurative and Poetic Language? Quiz


This quiz is on different types of figurative and poetic language. I will give you a sentence or phrase and you will tell me what device it is using. Test your language knowledge!

A multiple-choice quiz by kharkiv. Estimated time: 2 mins.
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Author
kharkiv
Time
2 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
243,684
Updated
Sep 04 22
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10
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1. What language device is this? Silly Sally and Sam saw seven slithering snakes sunbathing on the sand in San Francisco. Hint

Hyperbole
Metaphor
Personification
Alliteration

2. What figurative language device is this sentence using? I waited in line for a million hours until it was finally my turn. Hint

Simile
Hyperbole
Personification
Onomatopoeia

3. What figurative language is this? The tree branches danced at the wind's blow. Hint

Metaphor
Simile
Personification
Hyperbole

4. What figurative language device is this sentence using? She was a bird, jumping off the swing, and then sailing through the air until she softly landed on the woodchips below. Hint

Simile
Metaphor
Oxymoron
Assonance

5. What language device is the first word of this sentence using? "Bang!" she yelled after shooting the gun. Hint

Hyperbole
Onomatopoeia
Assonance
Oxymoron

6. Jenny ordered some jumbo shrimp. What language device is "jumbo shrimp" often said to exemplify? Hint

Oxymoron
Assonance
Simile
Cliche

7. The drums were like a thunderstorm. What figurative language is this sentence using? Hint

Simile
Idiom
Metaphor
Personification

8. An angry lady waved her cane at a maid. Reread this sentence. What poetic device is it using? Hint

Assonance
Paradox
Alliteration
Personification

9. "Make the bed!" she told her daughter. What language device is "make the bed"? Hint

Oxymoron
Simile
Onomatopoeia
Idiom

10. What form of language use is this? No pain, no gain. Hint

Alliteration
Oxymoron
Cliche
Metaphor




Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What language device is this? Silly Sally and Sam saw seven slithering snakes sunbathing on the sand in San Francisco.

Answer: Alliteration

Alliteration - repetition of the same consonant sound (note: doesn't have to be in the beginning of the word). This example of alliteration is also called sibilance, since the alliterative sound is 's'.

Another example of alliteration: Four furry fish ate french fries on Friday after their coffee break.
2. What figurative language device is this sentence using? I waited in line for a million hours until it was finally my turn.

Answer: Hyperbole

Hyperbole - an extreme exaggeration (you can't wait for a million hours).
3. What figurative language is this? The tree branches danced at the wind's blow.

Answer: Personification

Personification - giving human qualities (dancing, for example) to non-human objects (like tree branches).
4. What figurative language device is this sentence using? She was a bird, jumping off the swing, and then sailing through the air until she softly landed on the woodchips below.

Answer: Metaphor

Metaphor - comparing two unlike objects without using "like" or "as".

Usually, metaphors compare using the words "is" or "was".
5. What language device is the first word of this sentence using? "Bang!" she yelled after shooting the gun.

Answer: Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia - words that sound the same as their meanings when said out loud.

Examples: Bang!, Boom!, Crash!, Achoo!, etc.
6. Jenny ordered some jumbo shrimp. What language device is "jumbo shrimp" often said to exemplify?

Answer: Oxymoron

Oxymoron - two words that are complete opposites in one phrase; "jumbo" is an adjective describing something that is unusually large, while "shrimp" may describe something that is quite small (as well as being a type of seafood that comes in a range of sizes).
7. The drums were like a thunderstorm. What figurative language is this sentence using?

Answer: Simile

Simile - comparing two unlike objects using "like" or "as".

note: similes can also compare things using synonyms of "like" or "as"
For example: The cat resembled a statue.
8. An angry lady waved her cane at a maid. Reread this sentence. What poetic device is it using?

Answer: Assonance

Assonance - repetition of the same vowel sounds.

Note: not to be confused with alliteration. Alliteration is the repetition of the same sound at the start of the words.

The repetition of consonants in a string of words is called consonance.
9. "Make the bed!" she told her daughter. What language device is "make the bed"?

Answer: Idiom

An idiom is an expression that doesn't mean exactly what it says. When we say "make the bed", we don't mean "build or create the bed", we mean "put the sheets on the bed".
10. What form of language use is this? No pain, no gain.

Answer: Cliche

Cliche - a phrase that has become overly common with a group of people.

More examples: once in a blue moon; every cloud has a silver lining.

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