Words (Alliteration, Simile, Rhyme, Personification) 01
If you write "The old train was asleep in the siding" then you are using personification. A train can't really sleep!

Words (Alliteration, Simile, Rhyme, Personification) 01

This quiz helps you to revise alliteration (repetition of sounds), simile (like, as), rhyme (word endings sounding similar) and personification (life given to objects). Try and use these devices in your own English writing - they are great for making writing more interesting and enjoyable!

There's no such thing as too much practise, so see if you can get 10 out of 10 in this quiz!

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  1. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
    The lively boat ran merrily over the waves.
    'Boats' aren't really 'lively'/'merry' - people are!
  2. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
    The wiry wool was as white as snow.
    'As ....... as' = simile. 'Wiry/wool/was/white' = alliteration
  3. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
    The cold, creeping, crawling fog enveloped him.
    'Cold, creeping, crawling .......' same sounds = alliteration
  4. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
    The engine leapt into life, its pistons protesting loudly.
    People 'protest', pistons don't! = personification
  5. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
    An apple a day keeps colds at bay.
    'Day   .......   bay' = rhyme. 'Keeps colds' = alliteration
  6. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
    The boys bounced in like a herd of elephants.
    'Boys bounced' = alliteration. 'Like' = simile
  7. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
    The moon was like a ghostly ship.
    'Like' = simile
  8. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
    His shout was like the cry of an eagle ready for battle.
  9. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
    The chair sat sternly, ready to receive its master.
    People sit, chairs don't! Two lots of alliteration here too
  10. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
    The windows of the house stared emptily.
    Because 'windows' can't really 'stare' - people do!

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