Epithet in Literature: Definition & Examples


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An epithet is used by authors _____.

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1. Which of these is NOT a characteristic that can form the basis of an epithet?

2. A special type of epithet using a two-word phrase to metaphorically describe a common noun is referred to as a(n) _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will gauge your understanding of the use of epithets in literature. Things you'll need to know to pass the test include reasons for using epithets in writing and the types of characteristics that can be used to create an epithet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test your knowledge of the following:

  • Why an author would use an epithet
  • Characteristics that can form the basis of an epithet
  • The type of epithet that uses a two-word phrase to describe a noun
  • The phenomenon in which an epithet becomes as a stand-alone word
  • What type of epithet connects a person to their father

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on epithets in literature
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the use of epithets in literature
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different types of epithets

Additional Learning

To learn more about this literary device, review the corresponding lesson on Epithets in Literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define epithet
  • Learn about the different types of epithets
  • Review examples of epithets in well-known literature