KS3 English Quiz - Words Used in Connection with Literature 01 (Questions)

Words used in connection with literature are those used in books and plays, to name two examples. Like all other subjects, literary studies (i.e. English literature, in school) has a special vocabulary which enables people to discuss its various aspects.

You will already know many of the words, because they are the topics of the quizzes in this section. In order to discuss poetry, you might need to use words such as metre, rhyme, stanza, caesura and couplets. To discuss language in poetry and fiction, you will need to know words like metaphor, alliteration, onomatopoeia and personification. Drama requires knowledge of such words as dialogue, aside, soliloquy, stage directions and character.

These lists are not exhaustive, by any means, but are some of the basics you need to know when talking or writing about literature. Try this quiz to test your knowledge of literary vocabulary.

1. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Protagonist
[ ] Leading character
[ ] Minor character
[ ] Playwright
[ ] The chorus
2. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Imagery
[ ] Imaginary words and phrases
[ ] Imagined words and phrases
[ ] Words making pictures in your mind
[ ] Words making pictures on your page
3. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Enjambement
[ ] Breathing space before each line
[ ] Continuing sense from one line to the next
[ ] Stopping at the end of each line for a breath
[ ] Stopping sense at the end of each line
4. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Rhythm
[ ] A measured beat
[ ] Random sounds
[ ] Two words which end with dissimilar sounds
[ ] Two words which end with similar sounds
5. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Stanza
[ ] A particular viewpoint
[ ] Ideas or groups of ideas in poetry
[ ] The position of actors on stage
[ ] Verses or groups of lines in poetry
6. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
First person narrative.
[ ] Narrator using "he" as viewpoint to tell a tale
[ ] Narrator using "I" as viewpoint to tell a tale
[ ] Narrator using "it" as viewpoint to tell a tale
[ ] Narrator using "you" as viewpoint to tell a tale
7. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Oxymoron
[ ] Words of opposite meaning used for effect
[ ] Words of similar meaning used for effect
[ ] Words repeated for emphasis
[ ] Words repeated for similar sound effect
8. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Third person narrative.
[ ] Narrator using "he", "she" or "it" as viewpoint
[ ] Narrator using "I" as viewpoint
[ ] Narrator using "they" as viewpoint
[ ] Narrator using "you" as viewpoint
9. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Atmosphere
[ ] The creation of a character in a tale
[ ] The creation of a mood or feeling in a tale
[ ] The scenery of the sky in a play
[ ] The scenery used in a round theatre
10. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Setting
[ ] The characters of the tale
[ ] The language of the tale
[ ] The painted scenery used on stage
[ ] Where the tale takes place

 

KS3 English Quiz - Words Used in Connection with Literature 01 (Answers)
1. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Protagonist
[x] Leading character
[ ] Minor character
[ ] Playwright
[ ] The chorus
The protagonist is the main character
2. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Imagery
[ ] Imaginary words and phrases
[ ] Imagined words and phrases
[x] Words making pictures in your mind
[ ] Words making pictures on your page
An image is in this sense a picture painted with words
3. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Enjambement
[ ] Breathing space before each line
[x] Continuing sense from one line to the next
[ ] Stopping at the end of each line for a breath
[ ] Stopping sense at the end of each line
Poets use enjambement to let an idea flow on from one line to the next, allowing for emphasis on particular words
4. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Rhythm
[x] A measured beat
[ ] Random sounds
[ ] Two words which end with dissimilar sounds
[ ] Two words which end with similar sounds
Listen for rhythm in music, poetry and words
5. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Stanza
[ ] A particular viewpoint
[ ] Ideas or groups of ideas in poetry
[ ] The position of actors on stage
[x] Verses or groups of lines in poetry
Poems might have regular stanzas of four, six or eight lines. Or they might have irregular stanzas
6. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
First person narrative.
[ ] Narrator using "he" as viewpoint to tell a tale
[x] Narrator using "I" as viewpoint to tell a tale
[ ] Narrator using "it" as viewpoint to tell a tale
[ ] Narrator using "you" as viewpoint to tell a tale
A first person narrative, "I am .......", involves the reader
7. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Oxymoron
[x] Words of opposite meaning used for effect
[ ] Words of similar meaning used for effect
[ ] Words repeated for emphasis
[ ] Words repeated for similar sound effect
"Living death", for example, is an oxymoron
8. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Third person narrative.
[x] Narrator using "he", "she" or "it" as viewpoint
[ ] Narrator using "I" as viewpoint
[ ] Narrator using "they" as viewpoint
[ ] Narrator using "you" as viewpoint
Here is an example of third person narrative: "He was ten years old when ......."
9. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Atmosphere
[ ] The creation of a character in a tale
[x] The creation of a mood or feeling in a tale
[ ] The scenery of the sky in a play
[ ] The scenery used in a round theatre
Atmosphere can be chilling, tense, relaxed, happy, sad, etc.
10. Choose the correct definition for the following term.
Setting
[ ] The characters of the tale
[ ] The language of the tale
[ ] The painted scenery used on stage
[x] Where the tale takes place
Painted scenery is known as a stage "set"