Figurative Language in The Crucible


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What is figurative language?

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What is being personified in the following example from The Crucible?

'The edge of the wilderness was close by. The American continent stretched endlessly west, and it was full of mystery for them. It stood, dark and threatening, over their shoulders night and day...' (5).

2. In The Crucible, Miller uses _____ to directly relate to McCarthy's Communism trials and 'hunts' of the 1950s.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz will test you on the four main types of figurative language that are used in The Crucible. You'll define figurative language and analyze several quotes from the play that utilize different types of figurative language.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To successfully pass this quiz, you'll need to:

  • Define figurative language
  • Recognize examples of personification and metaphor through quotes from the novel
  • Understand which historical event the author relates to the McCarthyism
  • Analyze a quote from The Crucible and tell what kind of figurative language it uses

Skills Practiced

This quiz will help you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can properly define the term figurative language
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of metaphor and personification to select quotes from The Crucible that apply them
  • Making connections - connect a short quote from the novel to a specific type of figurative language

Additional Learning

To further understand how figurative language is used in this play, check out the related lesson called Figurative Language in The Crucible. The lesson covers the following learning objectives:

  • Know when The Crucible was written
  • Understand the effect figurative language can have on the reader
  • Learn about themes from the play