Literary Lingo - It's A Thing. How Many Of These Words Do You Know?

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There are plenty of words in the literary world that we can use that fit into the definition of "literary lingo"! Do you know this lingo?

 Dec 20, 2018

1 of 18Pick One:

What is an "Adjective"?
A descriptive word
Noun used to describe the stress put on a certain syllable
Erroneous use of an object, event, idea, or word

2 of 18Pick One:

What is a describing word used to modify a verb or adjective?
Allusion
Allegory
Adverb

3 of 18Pick One:

"Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers" is an example of what?
Alliteration
Anadiplosis
Anachronism

4 of 18Pick One:

What is a "Couplet"?
Two lines with rhyming ends
Four lines with rhyming ends
Three lines with rhyming ends

5 of 18Pick One:

A __________ is a work primarily featuring dialogue.
Diameter
Dime novel
Dialogic

6 of 18Pick One:

What is an "Epic"?
The continuing of a syntactic unit over the end of a line
A short two lined poem
A long poem that narrates the victories and adventures of a hero

7 of 18Pick One:

The repetition of a word or phrase at the end of clauses or sentences is called what?
Epistrophe
Episode
Epitaph

8 of 18Pick One:

Making a comparison between two unlike things without using the words like, as, or than is called what?
Metaphor
Simile
Metrical foot

9 of 18Pick One:

The comparison between two things that are otherwise unlike each other is called what?
Anecdote
Analogy
Analects

10 of 18Pick One:

True or false: A phrase is a sequence of two or more words, forming a unit.
False
True

11 of 18Pick One:

What is the study of how words are arranged in a sentence?
Symbolism
Syntax
Subplot

12 of 18Pick One:

What is an "Anecdote"?
Neither of the above
A short account of a particular incident or event
Comparison between two things that are otherwise unlike

13 of 18Pick One:

A recurrent thematic element in an artistic or literary work is called what?
Prologue
Motif
Epithet

14 of 18Pick One:

True or false: A stanza is NOT a unified group of lines in poetry.
True
False

15 of 18Pick One:

The _____________ is the adversary of the hero or protagonist of a story.
Antanaclasis
Antagonist
Anapest

16 of 18Pick One:

What is a verse written in iambic pentameter without rhyme?
Blank verse
Beta reader
Burns stanza

17 of 18Pick One:

True or false: Rhythm is a measured pattern of words and phrases arranged by sound, time, or events.
False
True

18 of 18Pick One:

A comparison of two different things that utilizes “like” or “as” is called what?
Sonnet
Metaphor
Simile
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The wonderful fact about literary lingo is that if you know the half of it, it isn’t too tough to figure out all of it! English majors and English professors are not the only ones around who know how to make meaning out of this stuff! We’ve got lingo like Faulty Parallelism, Flashbacks, Foils, Foreshadowing, Hyperbaton, Hyperboles, and Imagery! All of this stuff has meaning to it! We also have literary lingo like Internal Rhyme, Inversion, Irony, Juxtaposition, Malapropism, and Metaphors to focus on too! Ever heard of literary lingo like Metonymy, Motifs, Negative Capability, Onomatopoeia, Oxymoron, Parables, or Paradoxes? For those of you who have, this quiz won’t be very difficult at all! A very wise and brilliant man named Kofi Annan spoke about the importance of literacy by saying, “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics, and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman, and child can realize his or her full potential.” What wise words for us to reflect upon! Take this literary lingo quiz and see how well you do!