Review Quiz on Rhetorical Terms

Multiple-Choice Quiz on Figures of Speech

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This quiz should help you understand, distinguish, and remember many of the key figures of speech in our Tool Kit for Rhetorical Analysis.

Instructions

For each quotation below, choose the one figure or rhetorical concept that is most clearly illustrated by the short passage. (To review a definition, simply click on the term to visit the glossary.) When you're done, compare your answers with those on page two.

 

  1. There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them.
    (Virginia Woolf)
    (a) syllepsis
    (b) ellipsis
    (c) apostrophe
    (d) ecphonesis
  2. Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.
    (Sir Winston Churchill)
    (a) anaphora
    (b) parenthesis
    (c) syllepsis
    (d) ellipsis
  3. You clinking, clanking, clattering collection of colligenous junk.
    (The Wizard of Oz)
    (a) apophasis
    (b) litotes
    (c) anaphora
    (d) alliteration
  4. He snatched his coat from the hook by the door and a kiss from the lips of his wife.
    (a) alliteration
    (b) asyndeton
    (c) aporia
    (d) syllepsis
  5. All that we see or seem
    Is but a dream within a dream.
    (Edgar Allan Poe)
    (a) aporia
    (b) diacope
    (c) distinctio
    (d) litotes
  6. I won't mention your past indiscretions, the DUI charges or your problems with drugs, because I want to focus on the trouble that your recent behavior has caused.
    (a) chiasmus
    (b) antimetabole
    (c) distinctio
    (d) apophasis
  1. Some editors and teachers believe that bdelygmia has no place in formal prose, but you must use your own judgment. After all, ineffectively used--well, just consider yourself warned.
    (a) aposiopesis
    (b) identification
    (c) ethopoeia
    (d) antimetabole
  2. Several well-respected scientists have described the process as a simple one. If by "simple" they mean easy to explain, they are correct. But if they mean instead that the procedure is easy to carry out, they are gravely mistaken.
    (a) ethopoeia
    (b) distinctio
    (c) euphuism
    (d) euphemism
  1. What's at issue is not what more time can do for you, it is what you can do with more time.
    (a) connotation
    (b) dysphemism
    (c) chiasmus
    (d) apostrophe
  2. When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, how can that be? How can you not have all day?
    (George Carlin)
    (a) epicrisis
    (b) epexegesis
    (c) parenthesis
    (d) epideictic
  3. Yesterday upon the stair
    I met a man who wasn't there.
    He wasn't there again today
    Oh how I wish he'd go away.
    (Hughes Mearns)
    (a) anadiplosis
    (b) antirrhesis
    (c) antonomasia
    (d) bdelygmia
  4. Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
    (Mark Twain)
    (a) apophasis
    (b) antirrhesis
    (c) apostrophe
    (d) antithesis

Answers to the Review Quiz on Rhetorical Terms

  1. (b) ellipsis
  2. (a) anaphora
  3. (d) alliteration
  4. (d) syllepsis
  5. (b) diacope
  6. (d) apophasis
  7. (a) aposiopesis
  8. (b) distinctio
  9. (c) chiasmus
  10. (a) epicrisis
  11. (a) anadiplosis
  12. (d) antithesis

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