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Question 1 1. Why do mystery writers use red herrings?
Question 2 2. What does the imagery in the poem Harlem by Langston Hughes symbolize?
Question 3 3. Which of the following is an example of the literary device called apostrophe?
Question 4 4. Why are writers discouraged from using cliches?
Question 5 5. That only the audience knows Louise's husband is not dead in The Story of an Hour is an example of _____.
Question 6 6. Which of the following is an example of auditory imagery from the poem Metaphors by Sylvia Plath?
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 8 8. Which of the following is NOT a motif from Sense and Sensibility?
Question 9 9. How does symbolism make writing stronger?
Question 10 10. How do allusions differ from other references?
Question 11 11. What is the purpose of foreshadowing in literature?
Question 12 12. Which of the following statements about allegories is FALSE?
Question 13 13. You go to the checkout counter, but all you find is a mannequin is an example of _____ narration.
Question 14 14. How can we distinguish fables from parables?
Question 15 15. Which of the following is an example of an illusion?
Question 16 16. How do dramatic irony and situational irony differ?
Question 17 17. In John Bunyan's 'The Pilgrim's Progress' (1678), characters have names like Obstinate, Piety, Faithful and Hopeful as a way to _____.
Question 18 18. 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?
Question 19 19. 'No, it can't,' said the Queen. 'It's jam every other day: to-day isn't any other day, you know.' This quote is an example of a(n) _____.
Question 20 20. Which of the following does NOT describe a theme?
Question 21 21. 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 22 22. Which statement best describes what we can learn about themes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?
Question 23 23. 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 24 24. Her mother is a monster is an example of a(n) _____.
Question 25 25. The tragedy in Romeo and Juliet is an example of _____.
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.