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ACT Reading - Literary Terms: Help and Review Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Why are writers discouraged from using cliches?

Use this material to answer question #2

Given Agassi's position and world-class quickness, Federer had to send that ball down a two-inch pipe of space in order to pass him, which he did, moving backwards, with no setup time and none of his weight behind the shot. It was impossible. It was like something out of The Matrix. I don't know what-all sounds were involved, but my spouse says she hurried in and there was popcorn all over the couch and I was down on one knee and my eyeballs looked like novelty-shop eyeballs.

Question 2 2. Spot the allusion in the attached passage from Federer as Religious Experience by David Foster Wallace.

Question 3 3.

Indicate the metaphor in the following passage:

I realized it was Creole who held them all back … Up there, keeping the beat with his whole body, wailing on the fiddle, with his eyes half closed, he was listening to everything, but he was listening to Sonny. He was having a dialogue with Sonny. He wanted Sonny to leave the shoreline and strike out for deep water. - excerpt from 'Sonny's Blues' by James Baldwin

Question 4 4. You go to the checkout counter, but all you find is a mannequin is an example of _____ narration.

Question 5 5. Saying the opposite of what you mean, sometimes for humorous effect, is an example of _____.

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Question 6 6. Which of the following BEST explains a metaphor?

Question 7 7. Which of the following is an example of an illusion?

Question 8 8. Why are epic similes sometimes called Homeric similes?

Question 9 9. It had not occurred to Lydgate that he had been a subject of eager meditation to Rosamond... that inward repetition of looks, words, and phrases, which makes a large part in the lives of most girls... But Rosamond had registered every look and word... What type of narration is this example from?

Question 10 10. Harry caught sight of Seamus's eye and Seamus winked. This quote from 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' is an example of what kind of narration?

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Question 11 11. In a book you are reading, a new character is introduced. On the day of her arrival, a bad storm threatens the town. Later in the story, this character causes a lot of trouble. What literary device is being used in this story?

Question 12 12. Why do mystery writers use red herrings?

Question 13 13. A story begins at a wedding with a bride (Marie) and groom (Tony) saying their vows. After they say, ''I do,'' the account flashes back to a boy named Tony meeting a girl named Marie on the first day of kindergarten. The narrative proceeds from there. What literary device is being used in this story?

Question 14 14. Which statement best describes what we can learn about themes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

Question 15 15. The tragedy in Romeo and Juliet is an example of _____.

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Question 16 16. Which of the following contains an example of an allusion?

Question 17 17. Which of the following statements about similes is FALSE?

Question 18 18. Which of the following sentences contains a mixed metaphor?

Question 19 19. The misleading use of a word or a string of words, often using alternate meanings is called a(n) _____.

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Raise up thy thoughts above the sky/That dunghill mists away may fly./Thou hast a house on high erect/Fram'd by that mighty Architect,/With glory richly furnished/Stands permanent, though this be fled.

Question 20 20. Spot the allusion in the attached passage from Verses upon the burning of our House by Anne Bradstreet.

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Question 21 21. Which of the following does NOT describe a theme?

Question 22 22. How can we distinguish fables from parables?

Question 23 23. Which of the following statements about allegories is FALSE?

Question 24 24. Her smile is as warm as a summer night is an example of a(n) _____.

Question 25 25. That only the audience knows Louise's husband is not dead in The Story of an Hour is an example of _____.

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Question 26 26. The Pilgrim's Progress is an example of a(n) _____.

Question 27 27. In The Story of an Hour, Louise's relief at learning that her husband has been killed in an accident is an example of _____.

Question 28 28. What does the imagery in the poem Harlem by Langston Hughes symbolize?

Question 29 29. Which of the following terms might be another word for 'motif'?

Question 30 30. How does symbolism make writing stronger?

ACT Reading - Literary Terms: Help and Review Chapter Exam Instructions

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