What Is a Figure of Speech?


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An expression in which words are not used in their literal sense is:

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1. Which of the following is an example of an oxymoron?

2. Which of the following is NOT an example of a simile?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of figures of speech. In addition to why authors use figurative language, you will also be assessed on several examples of figures of speech.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be asked to identify examples of the following:

  • Oxymoron
  • Simile
  • Euphemism

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as oxymoron and simile
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why authors might use figurative language
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about figures of speech

Additional Learning

To learn more about language, review the accompanying lesson titled What Is a Figure of Speech? This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain the term ''figure of speech''
  • List six types of figures of speech as illustrated in the lesson
  • Understand why authors use figures of speech in their writing