Literal vs. Figurative Language


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Which of the following would you NOT find in literal language?

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1. Which of these is most likely to be written using literal language?

2. What is a danger of writing with literal language?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These questions test your ability to compare and contrast literal and figurative language. In the quiz, you'll need to describe how each form is used while also identifying specific tools you can put into practice.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet set helps you assess your knowledge of:

  • Examples of literary devices in literal language
  • Types of works that are most effectively written in literal language
  • Different forms of figurative language

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as some of the potential downsides to using literal language
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding different literary devices to recognize which one is being used in a sentence
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how literal language can be used

Additional Learning

To improve your knowledge of these forms of writing, read the lesson titled Literal vs. Figurative Language. You will learn about key points like:

  • Ways hyperbole can be used in literature
  • Examples of works that combine literal and figurative language
  • Arguments that can arise when literal and figurative language use is unclear in important works