What is Parallelism in Literature? - Definition & Examples


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What is faulty parallelism?

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1. Proverbs commonly use parallelism, but not every time. Which of the following proverbs uses a parallel structure?

2. Reread the provided excerpt from A Tale of Two Cities'. Looking at the phrase 'we had everything before us, we had nothing before us...', which words make up the antithesis?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the lesson on the use of parallelism in literature. Some of the details that you will be assessed on include the purpose of parallelism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review the following terms:

  • Faulty parallelism
  • Antithesis
  • Chiasmus

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 lesson on parallelism in literature
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as chiasmus and faulty parallelism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about specific examples of parallelism

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson on parallelism in literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define parallelism
  • Identify specific examples of the technique
  • Explain the purpose of proverbs
  • Understand the terms: faulty parallelism, antithesis, and chiasmus