Flashcards on Literary Devices

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What is a metaphor?

A comparison between two unrelated things without using 'like' or 'as'.

Define personification.

Attributing human characteristics to inanimate objects or animals.

Name an example of a hyperbole.

I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse!

What is an oxymoron?

A figure of speech that combines contradictory terms.

Give an example of alliteration.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

What does onomatopoeia refer to?

The use of words that imitate the sound they describe.

What is a simile?

A comparison between two different things using 'like' or 'as'.

Define irony.

A contrast between expectation and reality.

What is foreshadowing?

A literary device used to hint at future events in a story.

Give an example of personification.

The stars danced playfully in the moonlit sky.

What is symbolism?

The use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.

Define allusion.

A reference to a well-known person, place, event, or literary work.

What is a paradox?

A statement that appears contradictory but may be true.

Give an example of foreshadowing.

The dark clouds signaled an approaching storm.

What is an allegory?

A story or poem that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning.

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