English Language: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - Words (Alliteration, Simile, Rhyme, Personification) (Questions)

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This quiz helps you to revise alliteration (repetition of sounds), simile (like, as), rhyme (word endings sounding similar) and personification (life given to objects). Try and use these devices in your own English writing - they are great for making writing more interesting and enjoyable!

There's no such thing as too much practice, so see if you can get 10 out of 10 in this quiz!

1. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The windows of the house stared emptily.
[ ] Alliteration
[ ] Personification
[ ] Rhyme
[ ] Simile
2. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The moon was like a ghostly ship.
[ ] Alliteration
[ ] Personification
[ ] Rhyme
[ ] Simile
3. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The cold, creeping, crawling fog enveloped him.
[ ] Alliteration
[ ] Personification
[ ] Rhyme
[ ] Simile
4. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The lively boat ran merrily over the waves.
[ ] Alliteration
[ ] Personification
[ ] Rhyme
[ ] Simile
5. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
His shout was like the cry of an eagle ready for battle.
[ ] Alliteration
[ ] Personification
[ ] Rhyme
[ ] Simile
6. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
An apple a day keeps colds at bay.
[ ] Alliteration and simile
[ ] Personification and rhyme
[ ] Rhyme and alliteration
[ ] Simile and rhyme
7. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The boys bounced in like a herd of elephants.
[ ] Alliteration and personification
[ ] Personification and simile
[ ] Rhyme and simile
[ ] Simile and alliteration
8. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The chair sat sternly, ready to receive its master.
[ ] Alliteration and rhyme
[ ] Personification and alliteration
[ ] Rhyme and simile
[ ] Simile and alliteration
9. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The wiry wool was as white as snow.
[ ] Alliteration and rhyme
[ ] Personification and alliteration
[ ] Rhyme and simile
[ ] Simile and alliteration
10. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The engine leaped into life, its pistons protesting loudly.
[ ] Alliteration and personification
[ ] Alliteration and rhyme
[ ] Rhyme and simile
[ ] Simile and alliteration
English Language: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - Words (Alliteration, Simile, Rhyme, Personification) (Answers)
1. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The windows of the house stared emptily.
[ ] Alliteration
[x] Personification
[ ] Rhyme
[ ] Simile
Because 'windows' can't really 'stare' - people do!
2. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The moon was like a ghostly ship.
[ ] Alliteration
[ ] Personification
[ ] Rhyme
[x] Simile
'Like' = simile
3. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The cold, creeping, crawling fog enveloped him.
[x] Alliteration
[ ] Personification
[ ] Rhyme
[ ] Simile
'Cold, creeping, crawling .......' same sounds = alliteration
4. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The lively boat ran merrily over the waves.
[ ] Alliteration
[x] Personification
[ ] Rhyme
[ ] Simile
'Boats' aren't really 'lively'/'merry' - people are!
5. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
His shout was like the cry of an eagle ready for battle.
[ ] Alliteration
[ ] Personification
[ ] Rhyme
[x] Simile
6. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
An apple a day keeps colds at bay.
[ ] Alliteration and simile
[ ] Personification and rhyme
[x] Rhyme and alliteration
[ ] Simile and rhyme
'Day ....... bay' = rhyme. 'Keeps colds' = alliteration
7. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The boys bounced in like a herd of elephants.
[ ] Alliteration and personification
[ ] Personification and simile
[ ] Rhyme and simile
[x] Simile and alliteration
'Boys bounced' = alliteration. 'Like' = simile
8. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The chair sat sternly, ready to receive its master.
[ ] Alliteration and rhyme
[x] Personification and alliteration
[ ] Rhyme and simile
[ ] Simile and alliteration
People sit, chairs don't! Two lots of alliteration here too
9. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The wiry wool was as white as snow.
[ ] Alliteration and rhyme
[ ] Personification and alliteration
[ ] Rhyme and simile
[x] Simile and alliteration
'As ....... as' = simile. 'Wiry/wool/was/white' = alliteration
10. Choose the correct device(s) in the following sentence.
The engine leaped into life, its pistons protesting loudly.
[x] Alliteration and personification
[ ] Alliteration and rhyme
[ ] Rhyme and simile
[ ] Simile and alliteration
People 'protest', pistons don't! = personification