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Literary Terms 02

Prose is an example of a literary term. Here is a further opportunity to work on your understanding of literary terms. Practise using these words in your essay writing so that they begin to become second nature to you. Your teacher will be impressed by your ability to describe and analyse literature with precision - and so will the examiners!

Take this quiz to see how many of these terms you know.

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  1. Match the definition to the correct term.
    A true or imaginary account of events; a story.
    Fiction is always imagined.  Narrative includes true stories, such as autobiography, biography and certain histories, amongst other forms
  2. Match the definition to the correct term.
    An element, such as a symbol, word, action or object, which occurs repeatedly in a text.
    Birds, for example, are a motif in Macbeth:  they often appear and are commented upon by the characters
  3. Match the definition to the correct term.
    Emotional identification with a character.
    Empathy and sympathy are similar.  Empathy, however, involves feeling as if you actually were the other person, while sympathy means being able to imagine what it would be like to be the other person
  4. Match the definition to the correct term.
    A reference to something outside of the text, such as a historical event, story, idea, or person. Usually left to the reader to understand.
    'Allusion' is the noun, while 'allude' is the verb:  i.e. 'The phrase "a thousand ships" clearly alludes to Helen of Troy'
  5. Match the definition to the correct term.
    Placing two things near one another, usually for contrast.
  6. Match the definition to the correct term.
    Written language which follows the ordinary rhythms of speech.
    Prose is contrasted to verse, which uses patterns and rhythmic structure in its lines
  7. Match the definition to the correct term.
    The subgroups into which works of literature are categorised.
  8. Match the definition to the correct term.
    An idea or emotion associated with a word or phrase.
    'Confident' is a fairly neutral term.  What are the connotations of two of its synonyms:  'fearless' and 'pushy'?
  9. Match the definition to the correct term.
    Two seemingly contradictory ideas joined together while somehow both being true.
  10. Match the definition to the correct term.
    Overstating or wildly exaggerating in order to make a point.

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