Language Quiz / Literary Devices by their Definition

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ExampleLiterary DeviceDefinition
The Tortise and the Hare is an example of this.A short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral
A red rose, or the color red, stands for love or romance.The use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities, by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense.
When talking to her children about the dangers of running in the house, a mother may include an ________ about falling in her own home as a little girl and hurting herself.A short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person.
The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe is an ________ for death.A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning.
Glittering white, the blanket of snow covered everything in sight.Using specific and vivid words to describe something to create an image in the reader's head.
'Oh, woeful, oh woeful, woeful, woeful day!' (From Romeo and Juliet)The action of repeating something that has already been said or written.
The evil tree was lurking in the shadows.The attribution of human traits to nonhuman things.
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer rose rapidly into the air.Words that start with the same sound.
His new car cost a bazillion dollars.An extreme exaggeration.
Ellen likes hik(ing), attend(ing) the rodeo, and tak(ing) afternoon napsUsing the same grammatical form throughout.
ExampleLiterary DeviceDefinition
The author's writing gave off an animated and playful vibe, so it established ____.Author’s attitude towards a subject.
As American as apple pie.A comparison between 2 things using “like” or “as”
'I was at my countryside house last Thursday at midnight when. . .' this establishes _______.The time and place where the story occurs.
You’re acting like such a Scrooge!A reference to something outside the story.
The Water Is Wide By Pat Conroy is an example of this. a historical account or biography written from personal knowledge or special sources.
His life would soon flash before his eyes.Hinting at a future event.
A type of this would be Man vs. Nature.Any problem in the story.
Examples include Darth Vader and Katniss Everdeen.Any person, animal, or figure represented in a literary work.
Time is a thief.A comparison between 2 things without “like” or “as”
The author's word choice made me feel remorseful, so this would represent ____.How the author makes the reader feel.
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