Oxymoron in Literature: Definition, Purpose & Examples


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Figurative language is

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1. Authors use an oxymoron to

2. Which is an example of an oxymoron?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

To pass this quiz, you'll need to answer questions about the definition of the term 'oxymoron' and the use of this technique. Make sure you can also identify examples of oxymorons in action.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Prepare to answer questions about the topics listed below:

  • The definition of figurative language
  • Reasons why authors use oxymorons
  • Examples of oxymorons
  • The word 'oxymoron' as an oxymoron itself

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on oxymorons in literature
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding what the use of an oxymoron achieves and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about examples of oxymorons

Additional Learning

You may review the corresponding lesson, Oxymoron in Literature: Definition, Purpose & Examples, for more details about this literary technique. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explore examples of figurative language
  • Examine the etymology of the term 'oxymoron'
  • Review an example of an oxymoron from Paradise Lost