WEST Middle Level Humanities: Rhetorical Devices Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Why are parables told?

Question 2 2. 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star, / How I wonder what you are' is an example of _____.

Question 3 3. Jessica returns from a skiing vacation that ended with the ski chalet being destroyed in an avalanche. When she's asked how her vacation went, she replies, I've had more relaxing holidays. Which literary device is she using?

Question 4 4. 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.

Question 5 5. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. This quote is an example of a(n) _____.

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Question 6 6. The author's overall attitude toward a subject is called _____.

Question 7 7. A dark and gloomy setting, like a graveyard on a rainy winter evening, usually evokes a _____ mood in the reader.

Question 8 8. Why is it important for an author to be able to use mood effectively?

Question 9 9. Which of the following is NOT one of the tools an author can use to reveal tone?

Question 10 10. Why do people use euphemisms?

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Question 11 11. The plays 'Oedipus the King' and 'Romeo and Juliet' are examples of catharsis through _____.

Use this material to answer question #12

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

Question 13 13. How can we distinguish fables from parables?

Question 14 14. 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 15 15.

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

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Question 16 16. How does symbolism make writing stronger?

Question 17 17. How do allusions differ from other references?

Question 18 18. '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 19 19. Romanticism was a literary movement that provided catharsis for _____.

Question 20 20. In John Bunyan's 'The Pilgrim's Progress' (1678), characters have names like Obstinate, Piety, Faithful and Hopeful as a way to _____.

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Question 21 21.

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

Question 23 23. How do we distinguish consonance from assonance?

Question 24 24. Which of the following might you use as a motif if writing a story about unrequited, or one-sided love, and why?

Question 25 25. Writers use metaphors for all of the following reasons EXCEPT:

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Question 26 26. Why are writers discouraged from using cliches?

Question 27 27. How do metaphors differ from similes?

Question 28 28. Aristotle defines tragedy as all of these, EXCEPT:

Question 29 29. Identify the synecdoche in this sentence: There were going to be 20 heads at the dinner table that evening.

Question 30 30.

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.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Rhetorical Devices Chapter Exam Instructions

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