NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Figurative Language Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which is an example of an oxymoron?

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

Question 4 4. How is the word 'oxymoron' an example of itself?

Question 5 5. Figurative language is

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Question 6 6. Which of the following phrases is not an idiom?

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

Question 8 8. Which of the following is an example of the literary device called apostrophe?

Question 9 9. At one point in the play Romeo and Juliet, a sad Romeo asks for a torch. Which of the following statements includes a pun?

Question 10 10.

Which word contains the pun in this phrase spoken by Mercutio after he is fatally stabbed in Romeo and Juliet?

''Tomorrow … you shall find me a grave man.''

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Question 11 11. Which of the following is NOT an example of personification?

Question 12 12. In John Bunyan's 'The Pilgrim's Progress' (1678), characters have names like Obstinate, Piety, Faithful and Hopeful as a way to _____.

Question 13 13. Which of the following is TRUE about idioms?

Question 14 14. Which of the following is NOT an example of a simile?

Question 15 15. Which of the following is an example of personification?

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Question 16 16. Which of the following statements about idioms is FALSE?

Question 17 17.

Poet John Donne, who married a woman named Ann More, used puns in his work. Look at this line from the poem ''Hymn to God the Father''. Why is it a pun?

''When thou hast done, thou hast not done; / For I have more.''

Question 18 18. What is another term for pun?

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

Question 20 20. Why would an author use figurative language in his/her writing?

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Question 21 21. How did the idiom 'as happy as a clam' most likely originate?

Question 22 22. How do allusions differ from a direct reference to something?

Question 23 23. The phrase 'silent scream' is an oxymoron. What sound would a person make if they made a silent scream?

Question 24 24. 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star, / How I wonder what you are' is an example of _____.

Question 25 25. Which of the following is an example of an illusion?

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Question 26 26. Which of the following is an example of an oxymoron?

Question 27 27. Puns help in literature by:

Question 28 28. Which of the following contains an example of an allusion?

Question 29 29. Authors use an oxymoron to

Question 30 30. In what card game did the idiom 'pass the buck' originate?

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Figurative Language Chapter Exam Instructions

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