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Euphemism: Definition & Examples

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Why do people use euphemisms?

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

2. 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 _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Euphemisms have become a very common thing to use in contemporary language. In this quiz, you'll identify euphemisms from both everyday life and famous works of fiction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz tests your ability to interpret common euphemisms like:

  • 'Greased'
  • 'Passed away'
  • 'Powder room'

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw the most important information from the lesson on euphemisms
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about euphemisms in Tim O'Brien's novel, The Things They Carried
  • Information recall - remember the knowledge you've acquired about Shakespeare's use of euphemisms in The Merry Wives of Windsor

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more, the lesson, Euphemism: Definition & Examples, covers the following objectives:

  • Analyze a passage from Hamlet to identify euphemisms
  • Identify instances when euphemisms are commonly used
  • Read an excerpt from The Great Gatsby and interpret Fitzgerald's use of euphemisms
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