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Practice - Reading - 02

Welcome, KS3 Students! Ready to test your English skills? This quiz will help you measure your understanding of reading, interpreting, and analysing texts. Don't worry about getting something wrong – the main aim is to learn! Remember, each question has only one correct answer. Good luck!
1.
Which literary device is used to hint at future events in a story?
Metaphor
Alliteration
Foreshadowing
Hyperbole
Foreshadowing is a literary device used to give an indication or hint about what is to come in the story.
2.
Which literary device is used to give human characteristics to non-human things?
Simile
Allusion
Personification
Foreshadowing
Personification is a literary device where human qualities are given to animals, objects or ideas.
3.
Which of these is an example of alliteration?
The frost bit into his fingers
As wary as a timid child
Where we were once welcome
The wind pushed her against the wall
Alliteration uses the same sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
4.
What is 'allusion'?
An unexplained reference to someone or something outside of the text
A false image or idea
Something the reader knows but the characters do not
The true meaning behind the text
Writers commonly allude to other literary works, famous individuals, historical events, or ideas. For example, if someone is betrayed they may say 'Et tu Brute' which is an allusion to Julius Caesar by Shakespeare.
5.
Which literary device is used in the phrase 'the cruel sea'?
Rhyme
Simile
Alliteration
Personification
The phrase 'The cruel sea' uses personification. This is when human characteristics are given to non-human things. The sea isn't really cruel.
6.
Which of these could be the setting of a story?
Medieval England
The year 2550
The French Revolution
All of the above
The setting is where and when the story takes place. This can be anywhere or at any time. The only limit is imagination!
7.
What is the main theme in a story?
Its style
Its setting
Its meaning or message
Its plot
The theme of 'Oliver Twist' by Charles Dickens for example, is social injustice and poverty.
8.
'Silent scream' and 'virtual reality' are examples of which literary device?
Metaphor
Alliteration
Simile
Oxymoron
An oxymoron is a figure of speech combining contradictory terms. Screams cannot be silent and reality cannot be virtual.
9.
Which of these is unlikely to be the theme of a book?
Power and Corruption
A shop which sells carpets
Love and Loss
There is always hope
Themes are the message or main idea behind the story. For example, George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' concentrates on the theme of Power and Corruption.
10.
Which literary device uses exaggeration for emphasis or dramatic effect?
Metaphor
Hyperbole
Alliteration
Onomatopoeia
Hyperbole is a figure of speech that involves an exaggeration of ideas for the sake of emphasis.
Author:  Graeme Haw

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