Metonymy: Definition & Examples


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1. In the saying 'The pen is mightier than the sword,' the pen is an example of metonymy that stands in for what big idea?

2. In the following sentence, 'brains' is an example of metonymy that stands in for what big idea: 'If Tom had any brains, he would stop drinking battery acid on a dare.'

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combination to test your understanding of metonymy. You will be assessed on facts about metonymy and asked to analyze examples of metonymy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you will be tested on the following:

  • Identifying metonymy
  • Definition of metonymy
  • Analyzing the use of metonymy
  • Where metonymy can be found

Skills Practiced

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

  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer questions about how metonymy works
  • Interpreting information- verify that you can read information about metonymy and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding use of metonymy to represent an idea

Additional Learning

To learn more about metonymy review the accompanying lesson Metonymy: Definition & Examples. This lesson can help you to:

  • Define metonymy
  • Understand examples of metonymy
  • Explain when the use of metonymy is helpful