Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone


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Which of these terms refers to the actual definition of a word?

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1. 'Youthful' and 'childlike' have similar definitions, but they have different emotional impacts. The emotional impact of a word is the word's:

2. 'The two teams faced off. One team had gone undefeated for three seasons. The other, a young team, was playing their first game. This competition was a David and Goliath match-up.' This passage is an example of which literary term?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you assess your understanding of word choice in setting mood and tone. Practice questions compare connotation and denotation and assess the use of allusion, analogy, and tone.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to test your understanding of word choice and the definition of:

  • Connotation
  • Denotation
  • Analogy
  • Tone
  • Allusion

Skills Practiced

This assessment will allow you to practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of analogy
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define allusion
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast connotation and denotation

Additional Learning

Learn more about the power of words in the lesson titled Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone. This lesson covers:

  • The difference between connotation and denotation
  • Loaded words: analogies and allusions
  • Setting tone