Antithesis in Literature: Definition & Examples


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Antithesis is a literary device that uses words that are x or y.

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1. For what reason would an author employ antithesis?

2. As a literary device, antithesis has been in use since _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you quickly assess your understanding of the literary device antithesis. You will be assessed on your understanding of the use, function, and history of antithesis in literature.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will help you review:

  • The definition of antithesis
  • Why an author would use antithesis
  • How long antithesis has been in use

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on antithesis in literature
  • Making connections - use knowledge of the concept of antithesis to understand how authors employ the device in literature
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding antithesis
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about antithesis

Additional Learning

To learn more about the literary device of antithesis, review the accompanying lesson on Antithesis in Literature. The lesson will help you:

  • Define antithesis
  • Learn how to use antithesis in writing
  • Examine famous examples of antithesis in literature