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Creative Writing

Semifinal Examination

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A figure of speech is
A)a familiar expression or saying.
B)a nonliteral way of saying something.
C)what the author literally means.
D)something only writers use.

2 Figures of speech mean exactly what the words say.


A)True
B)False

3 A figure of speech has to be interpreted by the reader or listener.


A)True
B)False

4 Two figures of speech that involve comparisons are


A)simile and metonymy.
B)metonymy and metaphor.
C)personification and hyperbole.
D)simile and metaphor.

The figure of speech in which the author makes an obvious exaggeration for emphasis or to create
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some other specific effect is
A)simile.
B)metaphor.
C)hyperbole.
D)metonymy.

6 The words like and as typically appear in a


A)simile.
B)metaphor.
C)personification.
D)metonymy.

7 Another name for figure of speech is figurative language.


A)True
B)False

Knowing the type of figure of speech is more important than understanding the meaning of the
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figure of speech.
A)True
B)False

9 When words are literal, they mean exactly what they say.
A)True
B)False
10 The first step in interpreting a simile or metaphor is to
A)determine the two things that are being compared.
B)decide the important way in which two things might be alike.
C)reason out the author's intended meaning.
D)none of the above

11 What figure of speech is the book dropped from his hands like lead?
A)simile
B)metaphor
C)hyperbole
D)personification

What figure of speech is they had to have it [the book] in their libraries as a monument of antiquity,
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like those old rusty coins which can't be used in real trade?
A)metonymy
B)simile
C)personification
D)metaphor

13. What is hyperbole?

a. A figure of speech which uses exaggeration

b. A figure of speech which uses understatement

c. A type of simile

d. All of the above

14. When can hyperbole NOT be used?

a. In pop songs

b. In scientific writing

c. In essays

d. In a speech

15. Which is NOT true of hyperbole?

a. Hyperbole is used by adults and children alike.


b. Hyperbole can be found in poetry.

c. Hyperbole should be taken literally.

d. Hyperbole is used to emphasize something.

16. What is the meaning of the hyperbole in the following sentence?

My mom is going to kill me!

a. This persons mom intends to hurt him or her badly.

b. This persons mom is planning to kill him or her

c. This person has angered his or her mom and is afraid of her

response

d. This person is afraid for his or her life.

17. Which of the following is an example of alliteration?


A.
Splendid Sarah saw special shells
B.
Lucy jumps at least a hundred feet in the air
C.
The sky is blue and so are you

18. Which of the following is NOT an allusion?

A. His wife was his Achilles' heel.

B. He lies so much, I'm surprised his nose doesn't grow like


Pinnochio's.

C. Meredith's smile was as beautiful as my mother's.

D. She transformed her backyard to look like the Garden of


Eden.

19. What is a valid reason for using allusion?

A. It deepens the reader's understanding by providing familiar


context.

B. It frustrates the reader.

C. It impresses the reader with the author's knowledge.


D. It makes a work longer.

20. In which of the following examples did the author use


allusion?

A. The stars shivered when the wind howled.

B. She is quiet as a mouse.

C. He is like the Hulk when he gets angry.

D. The rain kept tapping on my shoulder.

21. By the end of the long race, we were deceived by an (allusion


or illusion) that there was a cooler of water beside two
comfortable-looking beach chairs.

A. allusion

B. illusion

22. Mark tried to make his point by (alluding or illuding) to a


Greek god to explain his strength.

A. alluding

B. illuding

23. What should you do if you come across an allusion you don't
recognize in a work of literature?

A. Look it up in another reference work.

B. Use context clues to make some sort of assumption.

C. Stop reading and find another book.

D. Invent your own explanation.

24. Choose the word that best fills in the blank.

The Halloween production tried to create the of a spooky, abandoned castle.


A. allusion
B. illusion
25. That girl is so strong, I think she might be from the planet
Krypton. What does Krypton mean? Write your answer in one
word (noun).