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Ch 15: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Figurative Language

About This Chapter

Make sure you have a good understanding of figurative language with the video lessons and practice quizzes in this chapter. Use these study tools to prepare for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills Writing exam.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Figurative Language - Chapter Summary

Use the resources in this chapter to review different types of figurative language. Improve your understanding of figurative language and review some ways of using it effectively and appropriately. These lessons cover the following topics to help you study for NES Writing exam:

  • Figures of speech
  • Apostrophe and personification
  • Oxymoron, pun and idiom
  • The differences between allusion and illusion

These lessons will quickly get you up to speed on figurative language. Watch video lessons or review lesson transcripts and text lessons. Test yourself on lesson concepts with interactive quizzes and a chapter exam.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Figurative Language Chapter Objectives

Some states use the NES Writing exam as part of their teacher certification process. The exam is made up of 36 multiple-choice questions (for 75% of the total score) and one written-response assignment (25%). The test is delivered electronically at a designated testing center. You'll have one hour and 15 minutes to complete the exam.

The resources in this chapter will prepare you for the written-response and multiple-choice portions of the exam by helping you to recognize when figurative language is appropriate for a given audience and purpose.

6 Lessons in Chapter 15: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Figurative Language
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is a Figure of Speech?

1. What Is a Figure of Speech?

In this lesson, we will define figure of speech and explain why it is important in your writing. After this definition, we will examine the more common figure of speeches and look at some examples.

Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

2. Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe, or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.

Oxymoron in Literature: Definition, Purpose & Examples

3. Oxymoron in Literature: Definition, Purpose & Examples

In this lesson, you'll review figurative language and its purpose in literature. Then, take a closer look at the term oxymoron and analyze some examples.

Pun in Literature: Definition & Examples

4. Pun in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll briefly review figurative language. Furthermore, we'll look closer at one type of figurative language: the pun. You'll be able to analyze some examples of the pun and see why it's used.

What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples

5. 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.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

6. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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