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Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples

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How do we distinguish understatement from exaggeration?

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1. Saying the opposite of what you mean is a type of understatement called _____.

2. Using double negatives in a sentence such as It's not unlikely that I will have chocolate for lunch is an example of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test you various literary techniques that writers use to add humor or serious statements to a piece of writing. You'll be asked to identify the literary device used in examples and in works by Robert Frost and Emily Bronte.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

On this quiz/worksheet, you'll be a asked to identify the literary device for:

  • Saying the opposite of what you mean
  • Using a double negative
  • Overstating a situation

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on literary devices
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as sarcasm and litotes
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding ways that authors add humor or seriousness to writing through literary devices
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the literary device that uses a double negative

Additional Learning

Learn more about how authors employ literary devices by checking out the lesson called Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples. It will:

  • Identify the understated comedy used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Recognize the use of literary devices in Star Wars and The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Understand the difference in meaning between using affirmative statements and litotes
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