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Ch 2: MTLE Basic Skills: Figurative Language

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Read on to review how the skillful use of figurative language can make a literary work sparkle. These lessons can provide you with valuable information that will be useful to you as you prepare for the MTLE Basic Skills exam.

MTLE Basic Skills: Figurative Language - Chapter Summary

Figurative language can add depth, drama or wit to a written text, depending upon what the author wants to convey. In these video lessons, you will review some of the more frequently used figures of speech and examine how they are used in literary works. The lessons in this chapter can be helpful to you as you're getting ready to sit for the MTLE Basic Skills exam. They contain the following material:

  • Explanation and samples of figurative language
  • How to interpret figurative language in fictional works
  • Meaning of 'figure of speech'
  • Understanding contextual meanings of figure of speech
  • Understanding and using euphemisms, metaphors and similes
  • The silence was deafening: using oxymorons

Time-saving features like our video timelines are built into our study guide so that you can maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your study sessions. By using the timeline, you can completely bypass information with which you are already familiar and proceed to new material, or you can replay any section of a video that you wish without replaying the entire lesson. The videos themselves never last more than ten minutes, so that you can move through the chapter quickly and easily with minimal repetition and no wasted time.

9 Lessons in Chapter 2: MTLE Basic Skills: Figurative Language
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Figurative Language: Definition & Examples

1. Figurative Language: Definition & Examples

This lesson introduces you to a variety of ways that figurative language can impact the way you express yourself. You'll learn terms for several approaches and examples of each.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

2. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context

3. Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context

Figures of speech can add humor or drama to any situation, but you have to understand what they mean in order to connect the dots. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to interpret figures of speech, such as verbal irony, puns, idioms, and hyperbole.

Euphemism: Definition & Examples

4. Euphemism: Definition & Examples

This lesson defines euphemisms, alternate language used in place of offensive language or when discussing taboo topics. Explore some examples of euphemisms in everyday language and well-known examples from literature.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

5. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

6. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

Hyperbole in Literature: Definition & Examples

7. Hyperbole in Literature: Definition & Examples

Hyperbole, or exaggeration used to make a point, is a common and colorful technique in literature. Learn more through a comprehensive definition and multiple examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

How to Recognize and Use Oxymorons

8. How to Recognize and Use Oxymorons

In this lesson, we will define the figure of speech called an oxymoron and look at several examples. We will then discuss how to recognize oxymorons and use them correctly in writing.

What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples

9. What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples

Break a leg! It takes two to tango. In this lesson, we'll learn all about idioms, those colorful figures of speech that play with language and take on a meaning of their own.

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