Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples


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Having difficulty getting a job because you don't have work experience, but not being able to get work experience without a previous job is an example of a(n) _____.

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1. The misleading use of a word or a string of words, often using alternate meanings is called a(n) _____.

2. Why are writers discouraged from using cliches?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet are a quick and easy way to assess your understanding of the uses and misuses of paradoxes, cliches, and equivocations in writing. Some of the things you'll be quizzed on include examples of these terms and why the use of cliches should generally be avoided in writing.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will ask you to identify the following:

  • Equivocation
  • Paradox
  • Catch-22
  • Why writers are discouraged from using cliches

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the intentional use of paradox and equivocation in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as Catch-22 and equivocation
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations in writing

Additional Learning

To learn more about these literary elements, review the associated lesson titled Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss how cliches, paradoxes and equivocations can be writing traps or used intentionally to create a certain effect
  • Understand why it's important to avoid cliches
  • Define paradox
  • Learn about uses for paradox in literature
  • Learn about equivocations
  • Discuss Lewis Carroll's use of equivocation