Literary Devices: Definition & Examples


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When an author in her own work refers to an event in another work, this is called a(n) _____.

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1. When an author includes a quotation from another literary piece at the beginning of her work, this is called a(n) _____.

2. What is the difference between a metaphor and simile?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Authors use many literary devices to bring their works to life, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of several of them. Some of the literary devices you'll be assessed on include metaphors and first-person point-of-view.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Referring to another work of literature within the body of a text
  • A quotation at the beginning of an author's work
  • Difference between metaphors and similes
  • The definition of euphemism
  • First-person point-of-view

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literary devices lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as metaphor and simile
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding literary devices to identify the specific device by its definition
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions on how an author refers to or quotes other works in his/her own work

Additional Learning

To learn more about narrative techniques used in literature, review the accompanying lesson titled Literary Devices: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define literary devices
  • Identify and give examples of common literary devices
  • Understand structure in a story