Rhetorical Devices in In Cold Blood


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Rhetorical devices are used by an author for all of the following reasons EXCEPT for which?

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1. In Capote's In Cold Blood, instead of addressing Bonnie Clutter's mental illness directly, the members of the community use euphemisms. All of the following euphemisms are used, EXCEPT for which of the following?

2. The repetitive use of the ''p'' in ''...projects Perry had ardently proposed'' is an example of which of the following rhetorical devices in ''In Cold Blood'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet checks your understanding of what rhetorical devices are and how they are used throughout In Cold Blood. You'll review how to define these devices and go over examples of them from the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet focuses on what you know about:

  • Why rhetorical devices are used
  • What euphemisms are and how they are used in the story
  • The device that involves using a sound repetitively for emphasis
  • Examples of metaphors from the book

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - review what you read about euphemisms to answer a question about them
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about metaphors and interpret examples of them from the book correctly
  • Information recall - see if you remember what a zeugma is

Additional Learning

You can find a more comprehensive look at this topic in the lesson, Rhetorical Devices in In Cold Blood. This lesson offers more information about:

  • What anaphora is used for
  • Examples of erotesis in the story
  • The device that uses double negatives
  • What a simile is and how it is used in the book