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GACE Middle Grades ELA: Figures of Speech Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which of the following statements about similes is FALSE?

Question 2 2. Which of the following Shakespearean lines does NOT employ a euphemism?

Question 3 3. If you just found out that the Internet isn't working and you have to do research online for a project but you say, 'That's just great.' you're using...

Question 4 4. Saying the opposite of what you mean, sometimes for humorous effect, is an example of _____.

Question 5 5. Why are epic similes sometimes called Homeric similes?

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Question 6 6. In The Great Gatsby, when Nick Carraway says, 'I lived at West Egg, the - well, the least fashionable of the two,' Nick is using a euphemism instead of talking directly about _____.

Question 7 7. Why would it be better to say someone is 'slim' rather than 'scrawny' when paying them a compliment?

Question 8 8. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. This quote is an example of a(n) _____.

Question 9 9. What does the imagery in the poem Harlem by Langston Hughes symbolize?

Use this material to answer question #10

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

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Question 11 11. To England will I steal, and there I'll steal is an example of which literary device?

Question 12 12. Saying the opposite of what you mean is a type of understatement called _____.

Question 13 13. Which of the following is an example of personification?

Question 14 14. A person accidentally blurts out a secret, and then says, 'Oops, I just spilled the beans!' This is an example of...

Question 15 15. Which of the following is NOT an example of personification?

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Question 16 16. 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star, / How I wonder what you are' is an example of _____.

Question 17 17. Which of the following is NOT a symbol commonly used to represent the United States?

Question 18 18. How do metaphors differ from similes?

Question 19 19. Identify the synecdoche in this sentence: There were going to be 20 heads at the dinner table that evening.

Question 20 20. Identify the synecdoche or metonym in this sentence: While the suits in Congress debate and Wall Street asks for another bailout, America waits for good news.

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Question 21 21. Why are writers discouraged from using cliches?

Question 22 22. You knew too true no blood bleeds blue employs which literary device?

Question 23 23. Which of the following BEST explains a metaphor?

Question 24 24.

Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door--

Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;--

This is an example of which literary device?

Question 25 25. The misleading use of a word or a string of words, often using alternate meanings is called a(n) _____.

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Question 26 26. Which of the following is NOT an oxymoron?

Question 27 27. An expression in which words are not used in their literal sense is:

Question 28 28. In The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien explains that soldiers use euphemisms like greased, offed, and lit up as a way to talk about _____.

Question 29 29. Which of the following is NOT a euphemism for a bathroom?

Question 30 30. In Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening, a caged parrot and mockingbird, a pigeon house, and a broken-winged bird are all symbols representing _____.

GACE Middle Grades ELA: Figures of Speech Chapter Exam Instructions

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