On this page you will find few practice question in Literature in English (Literary Devices) which will enhance your preparation for the forthcoming GCE Exam.
TOPIC: LITERARY DEVICES
Watch the video tutorial below, for detailed explanation of literary devices, then answer the questions that follows, below the video.
A literary device is a writing technique that writers use to express ideas, convey meaning, and highlight important themes in a piece of text.
The most common literary devices are:
A simile is a figure of speech that compares two different things that have similar properties or characteristics.
For example, the statement “this poem is like a punch in the gut” features a simile. The poem is being explicitly compared to a “punch in the gut” with the word “like.” This is an effective simile in that a poem is not at all similar to a punch in literal terms.
A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes an object or action in a way that isn’t literally true, but helps explain an idea or make a comparison.
For example, the statement: His words cut deeper than a knife.
Words don’t materialize into sharp objects. In this metaphor, someone has said something hurtful to another.
COMMON LITERARY DEVICES IN POETRY
The following 12 devices apply to both poetry and prose writers, but they appear most often in verse. Learn more about:
COMMON LITERARY DEVICES IN PROSE
The following 10 devices show up in verse, but are far more prevalent in prose. Learn more about:
- Parallel Plot
- In Media Res
- Dramatic Irony
REPETITION LITERARY DEVICES
Though they have uncommon names, these common literary devices are all forms of repetition.
- Anaphora (prose)
DIALOGUE LITERARY DEVICES
While these literary elements pertain primarily to dialogue, writers use euphemisms, idioms, and neologisms all the time in their work.
LITERATURE IN ENGLISH: WAEC GCE PRACTICE QUESTIONS
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1. A play on words for literary effect is_________
- A. A Paradox
- B. A Pun
- C. A Satire
- D. An Elegy
2. “Its a matter of sad joy” Iillustrates__________
- A. Metonymy
- B. Oxymoron
- C. Euphemism
- D. Irony
3. Over the cobbles it clattered and crashed is an example of__________
- A. Oxymoron
- B. Pun
- C. Onomatopoeia
- D. Paradox
4. An essential features of drama is___________
- A. Soliloquy
- B. Conflict
- C. Irony
- D. Aside
5. The climax in a literary work is the_____________
- A. Middle
- B. Beginning
- C. Central part of the dialogue
- D. Peak of the conflict
6. Ten thousand saw it at glance……. Illustrates_________
- A. Caesura
- B. Climax
- C. Bathos
- D. Hyperbole
7. Something a character says on stage that is meant for the audience alone is
- A. an epilogue
- B. a mine
- C. a soliloguy
- D. an aside
8. A pause within a line of poetry is
- A. an alliteration
- B. a caesura
- C. a metre
- D. an assonance
9. A recurring idea, image, or a group of images that unifies a work of literature is
- A. motif
- B. allusion
- C. legend
- D. anecdote
10. A story in which characters or actions represent abstract ideas or moral qualities is
- A. an epic
- B. a legend
- C. an allegory
- D. a satire
Use the line to answer the questions.
‘Our leaders will not compromise freedom
Nor will our heads give up liberty.’
11. The lines illustrate
- A. soliloquy
- B. parallelism
- C. dialogue
- D. contrast
12. ‘heads’ in the second line is an example of
- A. synecdoche
- B. inversion
- C. epithet
- D. conceit
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