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Welcome, KS3 Students, to the English Literature Mastery Quiz! Brush up on your comprehension and analysis skills, become a detective in the world of metaphors and themes. This quiz is designed to test your understanding of various literary techniques, themes and contexts in literature. So, are you ready to dive into the world of literature? Let's go!
What is a metaphor?
A direct comparison using 'like' or 'as'
A figure of speech that describes something by saying it is something else
A word that imitates a sound
The repetition of the first letter in a series of words
A metaphor is a figure of speech where a word or a phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable. For example, 'The man is a snake'.
Which of these is a simile?
The sun stared down at him
As black as pitch
Fear gripped her heart
She was a giant in her field
Similes compare things by using 'as' or 'like'. The other three examples are metaphors.
Which playwright wrote 'Romeo and Juliet'?
William Shakespeare
Alan Bennett
Christopher Marlowe
Harold Pinter
'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragedy about the romance between two Italian youths from feuding families. It is one of Shakespeare's early plays.
Which of these could be the main theme in a novel?
The intrinsic evil in human nature
Time Travel
Alien invasion
Themes are the messages authors want to convey. 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding is a good example of the theme being the intrinsic evil present in human nature.
If a character, place, object or idea in a novel represents something else in the real world, how would we describe it?
In 'Great Expectations', Charles Dickens uses the character of Miss Havisham to represent the decay and decadence of the upper class.
'It was a dark and stormy night' is an example of which literary device?
'It was a dark and stormy night' is an example of setting, a description of the time and place in which a story happens.
What is a soliloquy?
When a character in a book receives praise
When a character in a play dies
When a character in a book recites poetry
When a character in a play speaks their thoughts out loud
Soliloquys allow the audience to get into the head of characters. One good example is Macbeth's soliloquy in Act 2, Scene 1 which reveals his inner thoughts and struggle, as he debates whether to murder King Duncan or not, demonstrating his moral ambiguity.
Which description defines 'foreshadowing'?
Hints or clues about what will happen later in the story
The use of descriptive language to create a vivid picture
The main problem in the story that needs to be solved
The turning point in a story
Foreshadowing is a literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story.
What is symbolism in a story?
When authors use descriptive language to describe things
When characters or things in a story represent something else
The theme or message of a story
A description or outline of a story
One example of symbolism is The Mirror of Erised in the 'Harry Potter' series by J. K. Rowling. It is a symbol of desire and longing. Erised spelt backwards reads as desire. It reflects the deepest desires of whoever looks into it.
What is personification?
A comparison using 'like' or 'as'
The attribution of human traits to non-human or inanimate objects
Repeated vowel sounds in close proximity
Statements that contradict themselves
Personification is a figure of speech in which non-human things or abstractions are given human traits or attributes. For example, 'The wind whispered through the trees'.
Author:  Graeme Haw

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