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Practice - Reading - 09

Hello young bibliophiles! Welcome to the ultimate English literature quiz. Wake up your inner wordsmith and sharpen your literary instincts to spot literary techniques, analyse the layers of meaning, and decode imaginative metaphors. Let's see how well you can do. Good luck!
1.
Which literary technique uses exaggeration for emphasis or dramatic effect?
Alliteration
Personification
Hyperbole
Metonymy
Hyperbole is a figure of speech that uses extreme exaggeration to make a point or show emphasis.
2.
What is symbolism?
A technique used to compare one thing to another using 'like' or 'as'
When characters, places, ideas or anything else in a story represent something else in the real world
A technique used to directly compare one thing to another by saying it 'is' that thing
The main idea or message behind a story
One example is in the poem 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost. The road symbolises the life choices that we must make and the path that we choose to follow.
3.
What does 'context' mean in literature?
The physical setting of the story
The time when the story was written
The historical, cultural, and societal circumstances surrounding a text
The protagonist's thought process
Context refers to the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea in terms of which it can be fully understood.
4.
Which is least likely to be the main theme of a story?
Love and Friendship
Dogs and Cats
Totalitarianism and individualism
Adventure and exploration
The theme describes the main message behind the story. 'Dogs and Cats' is more of a subject than a theme.
5.
What is the main purpose of a non-fiction text?
To entertain the reader
To convey information or express an opinion
To present a fictional narrative
To illustrate a moral lesson
Non-fiction texts aim to provide information, present facts and opinions, or explain an idea.
6.
What is a sonnet?
A 14-line poem with a specific rhyme scheme
A 5-act play
A long narrative poem
A story with a moral lesson
A sonnet is a 14-line poem with a specific rhyme scheme, commonly associated with the theme of love.
7.
What is the term for a comparison that uses 'like' or 'as'?
Metaphor
Alliteration
Hyperbole
Simile
A simile is a comparison using 'like' or 'as' to create a vivid image.
8.
In literature, what is foreshadowing?
An event occurring in the middle of the story
A hint or clue about what will happen later in the story
The resolution of the story
A flashback to a past event
Foreshadowing is a literary device where the author gives clues or hints about what might happen later in the story.
9.
Which type of narrative perspective is being used here: 'I walked down the path, awestruck by the beauty of the rising sun.'?
First-person perspective
Second-person perspective
Third-person limited perspective
Third-person omniscient perspective
The use of 'I' indicates a first-person perspective where the narrator is a character in the story.
10.
Which of these is a play by William Shakespeare?
Waiting for Godot
An Inspector Calls
Othello
A Streetcar Named Desire
Othello is a tragedy. The story revolves around Othello, Desdemona and Iago.
Author:  Graeme Haw

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