Names: ____________________________ Date: ____________

Year and Section: ______________ Score: ________

Assignment on Figures of Speech

Directions: Working with a partner, read the following paragraph and 1) underline the figures of speech and put a number below. 2) at the back label each number as: simile, metaphor, euphemism, oxymoron, onomatopoeia and/or alliteration.

He started out as a paid volunteer for the Cocamamy Crudgeon Company and worked himself into a temporary full-time position. The building he worked in was a huge, monolithic structure that seemed to spring up from the cement like a huge pointing finger. In the listless lilting liposuction of life this was a job of Lilliputian proportions. At first, he liked the position, but lately his boss seemed politely insulting towards Him, which caused him to respond in a passive aggressive manner. The relative truth of the matter was that he needed this job to pay for his mortgage and feed his burgeoning small crowd of a family. He let out a singular silent scream of painful remorse when his inconsiderate, insidious, incoherent, idiot of a boss asked him to work overtime for the ten-thousandth time for very little overtime pay or gratitude from the firm. His boss started out in a low mumbled schoolmarmish tone: “ On the road of life there are many crossroads and this is one of them. To live, to struggle, to work ‘tis divine. We need your support tonight. We can’t get this project completed without your diligent determined skills that will bring closure to this project and enable our team to bond together in a multiplicity of joyous accomplishment.” He heard the sounds, but the words seemed garbled, as if he was listening under. He had heard similar speeches before the last 7 projects that always seemed to give a lot of attention and praise to his boss, but never anything to the peons that labored under him. His response was also somewhat poetic as he said, that he would rather take the path less traveled, so he would have time to smell the roses with his wife and 7 kids. He sensed that he was heading onto a bridge over troubled waters , so he quickly added that he would only be able to work until 8:00 that evening. The boss came back with a death stare and droned on about being a team player and reaching towards the higher goal for the betterment of all and being all that he could be, etc.He became sadly amused at this and reached a preliminary conclusion about his work situation. He decided to look for a job that would let him have at least a little serious fun while he was still able. He felt that in the tree of life their needs to be at least some edible fruit to sustain him through the harsh winters of his previous discontent. He wrote on his resume that he had been a computer insertion specialist, which meant he had been doing drudgerous data entry diligently and dutifully for the last decade. Tic tock time was creeping up on him he needed to strike while the iron was hot. He had rode this horse to death. It was time to get out of Dodge.

Finish this with your own ending using a simile, alliteration if you feel poetic.

oxymoron, metaphor, onomatopoeia, euphemism and/or

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but lately his boss seemed politely insulting towards oxymoron Him. In the listless lilting liposuction of life this was a job of Lilliputian proportions. alliteration At first. which meant he had euphemism been doing drudgerous data entry diligently and dutifully for the last decade. Tic tock alliteration onomatopoei time was creeping up on him he needed to strike while the iron was hot. We need your support tonight.” Metaphor metaphor He heard the sounds. oxymoron monolithic structure that seemed to spring up from the cement like a huge pointing simile finger. which caused him to respond in a passive aggressive manner. idiot of a boss asked him to work overtime for the alliteration ten-thousandth time for very little overtime pay or gratitude from the firm. but the words seemed garbled. 2) label them as: simile. so he would have time to smell the roses with his wife and 7 kids. to work ‘tis divine. He had rode this metaphor metaphor horse to death. He became sadly amused at this and reached a preliminary conclusion about his oxymoron oxymoron work situation. To live. insidious. he liked the position. read the following paragraph and 1) underline the figures of speech. incoherent. The relative truth of Oxymoron oxymoron the matter was that he needed this job to pay for his mortgage and feed his burgeoning small crowd of a family. He let out a singular silent scream of painful remorse when his oxymoron alliteration inconsiderate. He had heard similar speeches before the last 7 projects that always seemed to give a lot of attention and praise to his boss. Metaphor metaphor Cont. metaphor . as if he was listening under simile water. He metaphor wrote on his resume that he had been a computer insertion specialist. His response was also somewhat poetic as he said. He felt that in the tree of life their needs to be at least oxymoron metaphor some edible fruit to sustain him through the harsh winters of his previous discontent. He decided to look for a job that would let him have at least a little serious fun while he was still able. Figures Paragraph He sensed that he was heading onto a bridge over troubled waters . Exaggeration (hyperbole) His boss started out in a low mumbled schoolmarmish tone: “ On the road of life metaphor there are many crossroads and this is one of them. so he quickly added metaphor that he would only be able to work until 8:00 that evening. etc. that he would rather take the path less traveled. The boss came back with a death stare and droned on about being a team player Metaphor metaphor and reaching towards the higher goal for the betterment of all and being all that he could metaphor metaphor be. metaphor. but never anything to the peons that labored under metaphor him.Assignment Key Answers: Directions: Working with a partner. It was time to get out of Dodge. oxymoron. The building he worked in was a huge. onomatopoeia and/or alliteration He started out as a paid volunteer for the Cocamamy Crudgeon Company and worked alliteration himself into a temporary full-time position. We can’t get this project completed without your diligent determined skills that will bring closure to this project and enable our team to alliteration metaphor bond together in a multiplicity of joyous accomplishment. euphemism. to struggle.

Steve’s heart was a drum. It took me forever to do that homework! Bob is a big teddy bear. The human circulatory is like a plumbing system. 17. The hikers were swallowed by the forest. Metaphor D. 11. 4. 2. 9. 2. __________________________________. 8. 5. A comparison between two unlike things in which one is said to be another thing. Giving human characteristics to nonliving things. 16. 10. . 18. It rained so much we may need an ark! The wind spoke my name. __________________________________. 1. His muscles were rocks. 13. 15. The rain was like a waterfall. Allusion B. Her fingernails were daggers. His belly shook like a bowl of jelly. She is as fat as a cow! We made a ton of money at the yard sale. 6. Life is sometimes like a circus. Hyperbole 1.Name:____________ Date:______ Section: ________ Score: ________ Figures of Speech Practice Directions: Write before each number the correct figure of speech below. 3. 12. A figure of speech comparing two unlike things using the words like or as. 14. Kristy is such a scrooge when it comes to buying Christmas gifts. Personification E. 7. A. Simile C. Try this! Write your own two sentences using figures of speech.

a 16. e 12. b 4. A. b 5. a 15. __________________________________. c 11. b 6. e 8. . c 3. __________________________________. a 13. e 18. b 7. Personification E. c Try this! (Answers Vary) Write your own two sentences using figures of speech. b 14. b 9. a 10. 2. Simile C. Metaphor D. 1. a 17.Answers Key: Figures of Speech Practice Directions: Write before each number the correct figure of speech below. Hyperbole 1. Allusion B. a/b 2.

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