Literary Devices and Elements Quiz

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What is the term for the voice of who is speaking or telling the story?

Point of View

Which term refers to a lesson learned or the author's message in a story?


What does the term 'Inference' refer to?

Educated guess based on facts and prior knowledge

Which term refers to the feeling or mood expressed through word choice?


What is the term for a comparison of two things using 'like' or 'as'?


Which term refers to a visual representation within a reading to aid understanding?


Study Notes

Literary Terms

  • Inference: An educated guess based on facts and prior knowledge
  • Point of View: The voice of who is speaking or telling the story
  • Summary: A short retelling of the big ideas in a selection
  • Figurative Language: Colorful language not meant to be taken literally, used to convey an idea

Story Elements

  • Narrative: Tells a story with characters, setting, and plot
  • Theme: A lesson learned or the author's message
  • Characters: People or animals that participate in the story's plot
  • Setting: Location, time, and circumstances of a story
  • Plot: A series of events that moves a story from start to finish
  • Tone: Feeling or mood expressed through word choice

Text Analysis

  • Text Evidence: Words, facts, details, and ideas from the text
  • Visualize: To picture in your mind an image from the reading
  • Alliteration: Repetition of initial consonant sound or letter repeated
  • Simile: Comparison of two things using like or as
  • Personification: Giving something non-living human-like qualities

Writing Structure

  • Central Idea: What the reading is mostly or mainly about
  • Supporting Details: Facts and details that support the central idea
  • Chronological Order: Time order, steps of a process that must be completed in order
  • Text Structure: The pattern of organization of a text, or the way it is set up

Author's Perspective

  • Author's View: The author's perspective or opinion on a topic
  • Word Choice: Specific words chosen in writing for a reason or tone

Research and Evidence

  • Primary Source: Documentation from someone who was there, experienced it firsthand
  • Secondary Source: Information gathered from a primary source and written after the fact
  • Argument: The act of presenting a two-sided issue, including for and against perspectives
  • Graphics: A visual representation within the reading to help you better understand

Test your knowledge on literary devices and elements such as inference, point of view, summary, figurative language, narrative, theme, characters, setting, and plot. Identify and understand these key aspects of storytelling.

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