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Rhetorical Devices Quiz

A rhetorical device uses words in a certain way to convey meaning or to persuade. It can also be a technique used to evoke emotions within the reader or audience.

Skilled writers use many different types of rhetorical devices in their work to achieve specific effects. Some types of rhetorical devices can also be considered figurative language because they depend on the non-literal usage of certain words or phrases.

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Rhetorical Device Quiz

Rhetorical Device Quiz Answers

1. The technique or skill of persuading through your choice of words is which of the following rhetorical devices?

  • A. Alliteration
  • B.  Metaphor
  • C. Rhetorical
  • D. Allusion

2. A similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based is which of the following rhetorical devices?

  • A. Simile
  • B. Invective
  • C. Alliteration
  • D. Analogy

3. A figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared using like or as is which of the following rhetorical devices?

  • A. Understatement
  • B. Simile 
  • C. Oxymoron

4. The following is an example of which rhetorical device?
“We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.”

  • Epistrophe
  • Hyperbole
  • Anaphora
  • Personification

5. The following is an example of what kind of rhetorical device?
“Strong in the force, you are.” Yoda, Star Wars

  • Hyperbole
  • Anastrophe
  • Antithesis
  • Apostrophe

6. The following is an example of what kind of rhetorical device?
Money is the root of all evils: poverty is the fruit of all goodness.

  • Epistrophe
  • Hyperbole
  • Anastrophe
  • Antithesis

7. The following is an example of what kind of literary device?
“The big sycamore by the creek was gone. The willow tangle was gone. The little enclave of untrodden bluegrass was gone. The clump of dogwood on the little rise across the creek–now that, too, was gone….”

  • Hyperbole
  • Epistrophe
  • Apostrophe
  • Anastrophe

8. In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” What rhetorical device is being used here?:
“Come, civil night, Thou sober-suited matron, all in black, and learn me how to lose a winning match.” (Shakespeare, Act 3, Scene 2, lines 10-12, page 154).

  • Diction
  • Paradox
  • Rhyme
  • Pathos

9. In “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, the text states, “The Jet bombers going over, going over, one two, one two…” (Bradbury, 13-14). What rhetorical device is he using?

  • Assonance
  • Aphorism
  • Repetition
  • Anaphora

10. What rhetorical device is being used in the poem, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”, by Dylan Thomas?:
“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage, against the dying of the light…”  (Thomas, 1).

  • Assonance
  • Repetition
  • Alliteration
  • Anaphora

11. “And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.” (Luther, 1). Which rhetorical device is being used here in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech?

  • Allusion
  • Repetition
  • Restatement
  • Diction

12. What rhetorical device is being used here in “The Bible?”:
“And Joshua, and all of Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his donkeys, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had.” (The Bible, Joshua 7:24).

  • Alliteration
  • Anecdote
  • Repetition
  • Polysyndeton

13. A statement that is not good enough to explain how good, bad, or impressive something really is?

  • A. Understatement/Meiosis
  • B. Personification
  • C. Parallelism

14. The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.

  • A. Paradox
  • B. Juxtaposition
  • E. Satire

15. The following is an example of what kind of rhetorical device?
I was so embarrassed, I almost died right there in front of everyone!

  • Anaphora
  • Hyperbole
  • Oxymoron
  • Antithesis

16. The following is an example of which kind of rhetorical device?
How many people die from lung cancer each year? About 157,423 people die from lung cancer each year.

  • Rhetorical question
  • Oxymoron
  • Hypophora
  • Irony

17. The following is an example of which type of rhetorical device?
There are roaches infesting the office of a pest control service.

  • Personification
  • Juxtaposition
  • Irony
  • Paradox

18. A statement that seems impossible because the ideas are opposites, but have an element of truth is which of the following rhetorical devices?

  • A. Paradox
  • B. Hyperbole
  • C. Satire

19. “Comrades,” he said quietly, “do you know who is responsible for this? Do you know the enemy who has come in the night and has overthrown our windmill? SNOWBALL!” he suddenly roared in a voice of thunder.” (Orwell, 82). Which rhetorical device is being used here in Orwell’s, “Animal Farm?”

  • Understatement
  • Hyperbole
  • Restatement
  • Rhetorical Questions

20. The following is an example of which rhetorical device?
All’s fair in love and war.

  • Metaphor
  • Pun
  • Rhetorical question
  • Juxtaposition

21. The following is an example of which kind of rhetorical device?
Anger is a monster waiting to devour happiness.

  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Oxymoron
  • Hyperbole

22. Using several word near each other that start with the same sound is which rhetorical device?

  • A. Alliteration
  • B. Allusion
  • C. Anaphora

23. What rhetorical device is being used here in “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee?: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (Lee, 30).

  • Aphorism
  • Repetition
  • Both A and B
  • None of the above

24. What rhetorical device is being used here in “The Bible?”: “Is Anything To Difficult For The Lord?” (The Bible, Genesis 18:13).

  • Rhetorical Question
  • Rhetoric

25. A question asked to make a point, not that you want an answer is which of the following rhetorical devices?

  • A. Imagery
  • B. Personification
  • C. Rhetoric
  • E. Rhetorical Question 

26. The following is an example of which rhetorical device?
Bill is a cheerful pessimist.

  • Irony
  • Oxymoron
  • Paradox
  • Metaphor

27. The following is an example of which rhetorical device?
Sometimes paddling upstream is smoother than flowing with the current.

  • Irony
  • Paradox
  • Hyperbole
  • Pun

28. The following is an example of which rhetorical device?
The fog crept through doorways and keyholes.

  • Irony
  • Metaphor
  • Simile
  • Personification

29. Which rhetorical device is being used here? :
“Here comes the Helen of our school.”

  • Allusion
  • Rhetoric
  • Both Allusion and Rhetoric
  • None of the above

30. The following the an example of which type of rhetorical device?
How does that make you feel?

  • Rhetorical Question
  • Personification
  • Hypophora
  • Paradox

Term to learn

A story, poem, or picture that has a hidden meaning such as a moral or political one. Example: Animal Farm
The occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of closely connected words. Sally sells seashells by the sea shore.
Something that calls something to mind without directly mentioning it.
Something that is unclear and could be interpreted in multiple ways.
Generic Conventions
Features shown by texts that allow them to be put into a specific genre; i.e. Eerie noise and tense sound effects in horror
An ironic understatement.
Loose Sentence
A sentence in which the main idea is elaborated by additional clauses.
A figure of speech that refers to one thing by mentioning something else for rhetorical effect. A comparison without using like or as.
When an inanimate object is given human characteristics
Ex: The candlestick danced around the room.
Use of conjunctions, like and or use, used repeatedly to join successive words or phrases.
Ex: “We have ships and men and money and stores.”
Point of View
The way of communicating things, the mode of narration.
the substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant,: Example business executive for suit
A figure of speech in which a term for a part of something refers to the whole of something or vice versa; i.e. The word “bread” refers to food or money as in “Writing is my bread and butter” or “sole breadwinner”.
The arrangement of words into a sentence that make sense in a given language; has to do with agreement, case, reflexive pronouns, and word order.
The feeling of a piece of work.
Figure of Speech
A figure of speech is a word or phrase that has a meaning other than the literal meaning. It can be a metaphor or simile that’s designed to further explain a concept. Or it can be the repetition of alliteration or exaggeration of hyperbole to give further emphasis or effect.
When two clauses are used in the same sentence, the second clause flips the wording of the first clause for an artistic effect.
Example: Never let a fool kiss you or a kiss fool you.
Grammatical organization that makes up a sentence with a subject and a verb. There are independent and dependent clauses. Dependent must be accompanied by independent.
Ex Independent: We went outside.
Dependent: When it rained
Informal words, conversational (adj.)
Example: wanna
the quality of being logical and consistent.
figure of speech in which a writer raises a question and then immediately proved an answer to that question.
ex. “What made me take this trip to Africa? There is no quick explanation. Things got worse and worse and worse and pretty soon they were too complicated.”
Starts an argument with a reference to something general and from this it draws conclusion about something more specific. A facet of deductive reasoning; i.e. Kids in A.P. Lang are good at English; Dexter is in A.P. Lang; Therefore, Dexter is good at English.
Symbol: a mark or character used as a conventional representation of an object, function, or process; Symbolism: the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities; i.e. Mockingbirds in “To Kill a Mockingbird” represents innocence
A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter; i.e. fantasy, science fiction, nonfiction, realistic fiction, etc.
Literally “sermon”, or any serious talk, speech, or lecture providing moral or spiritual advice; i.e. “I Don’t Talk About Race With White People”
Repeats the same words or phrases a few times, to make a point clearer
Subordinate Clause
a group of words that contain a subject and a verb but cannot stand alone as a sentence
Subjective Complement
the adjective, noun, or pronoun that follows a linking verb. The following verbs are true linking verbs
an attitude that lies under the ostensible tone of a literary work
interpretation and meaning of the words, sentence structure and symbols
a technique of using language effectively and persuasively
the way a writer writes and it is the technique which an individual author uses in his writing
visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in literary work
a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning
Form of language that has no formal structure
Normal talking and writing is in prose
the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person’s thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic
Extended Metaphor
Metaphor and analogy that continues throughout the passage or poem for an extended time
Figurative Language
language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation.
a statement of theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved
the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc.
the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another
Deliberate repetition of a word or phrase of the first part of a sentence
Predicate Nominative
subject compliment, a word or group of words that follows a linking verb or verb phrase
Example: Sean Connery has been an actor for many years.
(Actor is the predicate nominative; it identifies Sean Connery)
a very detailed statement or explanation, is used to introduce background information
The formation of a word from the sound associated with what it is named (sizzle)
Figure of speech in which two opposite ideas are joined to create an effect
Contrary to expectations, beliefs or perceptions
Periodic Sentence
has the main clause or predicate at the end.
used for emphasis and can be persuasive by putting reasons for something at the beginning before the final point is made
using words that are more indirect and mild to express the meaning of something more harsh or offensive
use of words that express the opposite of the literal meaning
A report of related events arranged in logical sequence that is told by a narrator
the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect
someone who is concerned with precision, formalism, accuracy
an imitation of a writer, artist, subject, or genre in such a way as to make fun of or comment on the original work
Repetition of a phrase or word, with other words in-between
Something that precedes something else. The word that a pronoun refers back to
Abusive and highly critical language
An implied meaning of a word apart from the thing which it describes explicitly
Literal meaning, dictionary definition
parts of the sentence are grammatically the same, or are similar in construction. It can be a word, a phrase, or an entire sentence repeated.
example: King’s famous ‘I have a dream’ repetition
Making something seem less important than it actually is.
A short story about a real incident or person
exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally
refers to the feeling, emotion, or mood a writer conveys to a reader through the description of setting and objects
absence of a conjunction between parts of a sentence
The choice of and use of words and phrases in writing
intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive
Figure of amplification in which a subject is divided into constituent parts or details, and may include a listing of causes, effects, problems, solutions, conditions, and consequences; the listing or detailing of the parts of something.
(of a word or phrase) serving to fill out a sentence or line of verse.
Rhetorical Modes
(also known as modes of discourse) describe the variety, conventions, and purposes of the major kinds of language-based communication, particularly writing and speaking
Rhetorical question
a question asked in order to create a dramatic effect or to make a point rather than to get an answer
When you say one thing but mean another
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues
A comparison between two things
two vastly different objects are likened together with the help of similes or metaphors
A clever expression of thought; whether harmless or aggressive, with or without any disparaging intent toward something or someone.
Predicate Adjective
A predicate adjective is an adjective that follows a linking verb and modifies (i.e., refers back to) the subject of the linking verb. A predicate adjective contrasts with an attributive adjective, which typically sits immediately before the noun it modifies.

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