Test Yo Self

You're a bookish person, are you or are you not? You're probably not sticking around for my snottiness or subpar photography, so I'm going with yes. I thought, given my profession and all, I'd make a fun little quiz for you guys. Answers are at the bottom (no cheating):

20 Literary Terms You Should Know (Before Coming to My Class):

Directions: Answer the following questions- no notes, no books. Keep your eyes on your own paper, put your cell phones away, and make sure your writing is legible. Choose the BEST answer.

1. A brief or indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, or political significance. 

a. foil      b. allusion    c. parallelism   d. anecdote

2. A novel that focuses on the growth or maturation (generally on a psychological level) of the main character

a. allegory   b. archetype   c. stream of consciousness  d. bildungsroman

3. Sentence structure; how parts of speech are put together to form complete thoughts

a. diction    b. syntax   c. point-of-view  d. parallelism

4.  The attitude of a writer towards the subject or audience
a. tone   b. mood   c. theme  d. symbol

5. An element that evokes a certain feeling or "vibe" in the reader
a. tone   b. mood   c. theme   d. symbol 

6.  Contrary to expectations; self-contradictory, may have some truth, though
a. juxtaposition   b. connotation    c. paradox   d. foreshadowing

7. Main idea or underlying concept in a work
a. theme    b. imagery   c. metaphor   d. denotation 

8. Often a character that represents the typical expectation of that sort of person (example: "the jock")
a. allusion   b. symbol    c. archetype    d. simile 

9. A short or interesting story generally utilized to support a point
a. metaphor  b. anecdote  c. allusion   d. flashback

10. A character that points out contrasting qualities in another, therefore highlighting certain attributes
a. bildungroman   b. omniscient narrator   c. archetype    d. foil

11. This person "knows all":
a. foil   b. omniscient narrator   c. archetype   d. book blogger

12. Abstract ideas or principles are described as characters, figures, and events. Can be prose or poetry, and may be meant to teach a lesson.
a. allegory    b. satire  c. theme   d. allusion

13. Object or idea that repeats itself throughout a work
a. symbol    b. metaphor    c.  motif    d.  tone

14. Something used to represent something else
a. symbol    b. metaphor    c. motif     d. tone

15. When two or more contrasting things (characters, places, ideas, etc...) are placed side-by-side in order to compare and contrast
a. foil    b. paradox    c. flashback   d. juxtaposition 

16. Figurative language used to represent objects, actions, ideas, places, etc... that appeal to our physical senses:
a. metaphor    b. imagery    c. personification    d. anecdote 

17. Something inhuman is given human-like attributes
a. metaphor   b. personification   c. juxtaposition  d. foil

18. A series of comparisons between two unlike things that may continue on for a prolonged duration

b. Simile    b. theme    c. paradox  d. extended metaphor

19. The expression one's meaning with language that signifies the opposite; sometimes humorous
a. satire    b. comedy    c. wit    d. irony

20. "Smart humor;" criticizing or exposing a person, or society's, flaws with humor
a. satire   b. comedy      c. wit    d. irony

1. b
2. d
3. b
4. a
5. b
6. c
7. a
8. c
9. b
10. d
11. b
12. a
13. c
14. a
15. d
16. b
17. b
18. d
19. d
20. a

How did you do?


  1. Oh this was fun, even if it did feel like a pop quiz without any warning lol I got 16/20, which isn't too bad (I think...) :)

  2. 100%! No surprise though, I'm also an English teacher. I do wonder sometimes how well I'd do on the quizzes I give my students, so thanks for reassuring me that they are, in fact, fair!