Compass Writing Test: Rhetorical Devices Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Why are epic similes sometimes called Homeric similes?

Question 2 2. How do we distinguish consonance from assonance?

Question 3 3. Writers use metaphors for all of the following reasons EXCEPT:

Question 4 4. Which of the following is NOT a symbol commonly used to represent the United States?

Question 5 5. The Pilgrim's Progress is an example of a(n) _____.

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Use this material to answer question #6

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

Question 7 7. Why does the cathartic novel 'The Catcher in the Rye' by J.D. Salinger appeal to high school students?

Question 8 8. Thrilled me - filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before is an example of which literary device?

Question 9 9. Which of the following is an example of personification?

Question 10 10. 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star, / How I wonder what you are' is an example of _____.

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Question 11 11.

The following quote from 'Wuthering Heights' uses which literary device?

Linton's looks and movements were very languid, and his form extremely slight; but there was a grace in his manner that mitigated these defects, and rendered him not unpleasing.

Question 12 12. Identify the synecdoche in this sentence: There were going to be 20 heads at the dinner table that evening.

Question 13 13. Which of the following is an example of the literary device called apostrophe?

Use this material to answer question #14

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

Question 15 15. The sun was bright and the sky was clear. Joan jogged down the path with Rex at her side and smiled about last night's victory. The tone of this excerpt can be best described as _____.

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Question 16 16. Why are writers discouraged from using cliches?

Question 17 17. That only the audience knows Louise's husband is not dead in The Story of an Hour is an example of _____.

Question 18 18. 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 19 19. Which of the following sentences contains a mixed metaphor?

Question 20 20. Why are parables told?

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Question 21 21. Which statement best describes what we can learn about themes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

Question 22 22. To England will I steal, and there I'll steal is an example of which literary device?

Question 23 23. The author's overall attitude toward a subject is called _____.

Question 24 24. Why do mystery writers use red herrings?

Question 25 25. Which of the following BEST explains a metaphor?

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Question 26 26. How does a metaphor differ from a simile?

Question 27 27. The misleading use of a word or a string of words, often using alternate meanings is called a(n) _____.

Question 28 28. Saying the opposite of what you mean, sometimes for humorous effect, is an example of _____.

Question 29 29. 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 30 30. Which of the following Shakespearean lines does NOT employ a euphemism?

Compass Writing Test: Rhetorical Devices Chapter Exam Instructions

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