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Literary Techniques
'Slurp', 'drizzle' and 'glug' are all examples of which literary technique?

Literary Techniques

A literary technique is a specific method which authors use to create effective texts. You may recognise some of these techniques from studying poetry and others you may have learned while studying drama. You will not find all of these techniques used in any one particular text. Think of them as an artist's palette - a writer might use a splash of allegory here, or a little touch of assonance there. Literature would be really rather boring without them.

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1.
Match the definition to the correct literary technique.
A story in which everything symbolises something else.
Fiction
Motif
Allegory
Narrative
A story or poem containing allegory can also be described as 'allegorical'
2.
Match the definition to the correct literary technique.
A description of one thing as being similar to something else.
Metaphor
Personification
Simile
Idiom
3.
Match the definition to the correct literary technique.
A contrast between the audience's expectations and the reality of events.
Satire
Paradox
Situational irony
Dramatic irony
An example of situational irony is when Macbeth believes the witches' prophecies about his invincibility only to discover that Burnham wood came to Dunsinane in a way neither he nor the audience could predict
4.
Match the definition to the correct literary technique.
A word which recreates the sound which it represents.
Onomatopoeia
Alliteration
Assonance
Consonance
'Slurp', 'drizzle' and 'glug' are all examples of onomatopoeia
5.
Match the definition to the correct literary technique.
The repetition of vowel sounds in words that are close together.
Rhyme
Sonnet
Assonance
Onomatopoeia
6.
Match the definition to the correct literary technique.
An example of figurative language which treats one thing as if it were another.
Metaphor
Alliteration
Paradox
Utopia
7.
Match the definition to the correct literary technique.
The repetition of the 's' or 'sh' sound.
Sibilance
Alliteration
Scansion
Simile
8.
Match the definition to the correct literary technique.
An object, person or colour used to represent an idea.
Theme
Mood
Symbol
Simile
9.
Match the definition to the correct literary technique.
Non-literal language; metaphorical or rhetorical language.
Formal language
Figurative language
Creative language
Informal language
10.
Match the definition to the correct literary technique.
An example of figurative language in which inanimate objects are given human characteristics.
Trope
Onomatopoeia
Hyperbole
Personification
'The leaves on the tree shivered in the chill easterly breeze' would be an example of personification. Inanimate objects don't literally shiver
Author:  Sheri Smith

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