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Grade 10 English

Literary Devices Test


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Outstanding 31 - 40+
Excellent 21 - 30
Satisfactory 11 - 20 marks
More Effort Needed 0 10 marks

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Section one Matching the meaning


Draw a line matching the Literary Device to its meaning. (7 marks)

Literary Device

Meaning

Personification

A word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used


to designate another, a direct comparison.

Imagery

Is the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of


speech

Metaphor

Refers to the repetition of a particular sound in the first


syllables of a series of words or phrases.

Simile

The formation of mental images

Onomatopoeia

When you make a thing, idea, or an animal do something


only humans can do.

Assonance

The formation of a word, as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom,


by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its
referent.

Alliteration

Is the repetition of vowel sounds to create internal rhyming


within phrases or sentences.

Hyperbole

When you compare two nouns (persons, places or things)


that are unlike, with "like" or "as."

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Section two Identifying the devices


Identify the Literary Device that is present in the following passages. (10 marks)

1. "All the world's a stage and men and women merely players. " (Shakespeare)
Literary Device:______________________________________________________________________________

2. he had hidden himself behind a large hydrangea bush. (Harry Potter J.K Rowling)
Literary Device:______________________________________________________________________________

3. His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. (Lose yourself Eminem)
Literary Device:______________________________________________________________________________

4. Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog's eye. (I am the walrus The Beatles)
Literary Device:______________________________________________________________________________

5. Pink is what red looks like when it kicks off its shoes and lets its hair down. (The Eight-Story Kiss - Tom
Robbins)
Literary Device:______________________________________________________________________________

6. "Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky. (Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd)
Literary Device:______________________________________________________________________________

7. Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun/Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. (Funeral Blues
W.H. Auden)
Literary Device:______________________________________________________________________________

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8. A sound in my head that I cant describe/Its sort of zoom, zip, hiccup, drip. (Todd Rundgren)
Literary Device:______________________________________________________________________________

9. Youre my Kryptonite/You are making me weak. (One thing One Direction)


Literary Device:______________________________________________________________________________

10. Don't dream it. Drive it. (Jaguar car advertisement)


Literary Device:______________________________________________________________________________

Section three Write your own examples of Literary Devices


Write your own examples for the following Literary Devices. (5 marks)

1. Alliteration
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2. Assonance
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3. Simile
Example:_______________________________________________________________________________________

4. Metaphor
Example:_______________________________________________________________________________________

5. Hyperbole
Example:_______________________________________________________________________________________

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Section four Song Analysis


Analyse the song lyrics below. Circle or highlight any literary devices below and label what they are. Also
identify a refrain and a couplet. Finally Identify any other lines or phrases that are of interest. (10 marks)

"I Will Follow You Into The Dark"


by Death Cab For Cutie
Love of mine some day you will die
But I'll be close behind
I'll follow you into the dark
No blinding light or tunnels to gates of white
Just our hands clasped so tight
Waiting for the hint of a spark
If Heaven and Hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the NOs on their vacancy signs
If there's no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I'll follow you into the dark
In Catholic school as vicious as Roman rule
I got my knuckles bruised by a lady in black
And I held my tongue as she told me
"Son fear is the heart of love"
So I never went back
If Heaven and Hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the NOs on their vacancy signs
If there's no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I'll follow you into the dark

You and me have seen everything to see


From Bangkok to Calgary
And the soles of your shoes are all worn down
The time for sleep is now
It's nothing to cry about
'cause we'll hold each other soon
In the blackest of rooms
If Heaven and Hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the No's on their vacancy signs
If there's no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I'll follow you into the dark
Then I'll follow you into the dark

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Section Five Response


Write a summary of what you think the song I will follow you into the dark is about. Use examples from
the text to support your claims. (8 marks)

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