Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples


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How do metaphors differ from similes?

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1. Which of the following statements about similes is FALSE?

2. Why are epic similes sometimes called Homeric similes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Writers often use similes to compare two different things, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of ways similes are used in literature. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include the differences between similes and metaphors and examples of each.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Differences between metaphors and similes
  • Characteristics of similes
  • Types of similes
  • Examples of simile and metaphor

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as simile and metaphor
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding using similes in literature
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify examples of a simile and a metaphor

Additional Learning

To learn more about similes, review the accompanying lesson titled Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define and give an example of a simile
  • Differentiate between similes and metaphors
  • Define and give an example of an epic simile
  • Understand the limitations of similes