Figure of Speech: Definition, Types & Examples


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A figure of speech is the literal interpretation of the words. True or false?

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1. All are examples of figures of speech except:

2. 'The wise old man is long in the truth.' What figure of speech is this?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of figures of speech. Some topics you'll be tested on include the definition of figure of speech as well as several examples.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of figure of speech
  • Examples of figures of speech
  • Identifying the type of figure of speech used in a given text
  • The purpose(s) for using figures of speech

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on common figures of speech
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as pun and paradox
  • Making connections - use what you've learned about figures of speech to identify the technique used in a given phrase

Additional Learning

To learn more about the English language, review the accompanying lesson on Common Figures of Speech. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define figures of speech
  • Review the meaning of 'simile' and examples of the technique
  • Explore metaphors
  • Discuss puns
  • Examine examples of personification
  • Differentiate between hyperbole and understatement
  • Compare and contrast paradoxes and oxymorons