Figurative Language in A Rose for Emily

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William Faulkner uses metaphors, similes, alliteration, and personification in A Rose for Emily. What kind of literary device do these techniques represent?

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1. What type of figurative language is demonstrated with the description of the ''patient and biding dust'' in A Rose for Emily?

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What type of figurative language is exemplified in the following passage from William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily?

''When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house . . . .''

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This short quiz covers the use of figurative language in William Faulkner's short story, 'A Rose for Emily'. You'll be asked to take a look at several quotes and passages from the story and determine what kind of figurative language is being demonstrated.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be challenged to:

  • Identify the type of literary device that similes, alteration and personification represent
  • Recognize different kinds of figurative language
  • Name the kind of figurative language that's demonstrated in several passages, quotes and descriptions from 'A Rose for Emily'

Skills Practiced

You'll apply the following skills:

  • Making connections - connect passages, descriptions and quotes from the short story to the kinds of figurative language they represent
  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding the different types of figurative language
  • Reading comprehension - take away important facts from the related lesson on figurative language in 'A Rose for Emily'

Additional Learning

To learn more about the use of figurative language in this short story, review the related lesson called, Figurative Language in 'A Rose for Emily'. The lesson helps students:

  • Summarize the short story
  • Understand why writers like Faulkner use figurative language in their writing
  • Examine and analyze specific instances of figurative language from 'A Rose for Emily'
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