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Can You Correctly Define These Nine Obscure Literary Terms?

Literary terms are used to describe various aspects of writing, but how well do you actually know these tricky devices? Maybe you’re an accomplished writer or maybe you're an English major, but fair warning: not many people will ace this test! Good luck!

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Peter Abrams
I got 8 of 9 and that makes me feel pretty good. I was an English teacher for thirty years and actually taught SOME of these terms; Synecdoche, litotes and chiasmus for example. Some were totally new to me, but my smattering of Latin and Greek helped and knowing some of the prefixes and suffixes helped indeed.
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Oct 1, 2021 10:01PM
Lynn Murphy
It was helpful to have studied Latin (and a very little Greek) which helped me to identify some parts of words. Otherwise, I would have scored probably 3/9 rather than 7/9. Also, thanks to the author for providing answers, examples, and percentage score..
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Aug 4, 2021 12:43PM
vudu
9/9 - "Literary Genius!" Good quiz!
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Jul 26, 2021 11:35AM
Richard D. Boyle
7/9. Tough quiz. I knew four for sure. The other five I tried to break down the word to its recognizable key elements and was successful on three of the five.
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Jul 20, 2021 8:07PM
Nicholas Miernicki
6/9 and happy to have done that well, as I relied mostly on dumb luck, except for onomatopoeia and synecdoche, which I knew
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Jun 20, 2021 6:46PM
AskMrsP
Gosh, I'd not heard of any of these but took some educated guesses and got 5/9. Not great but at least the answers helped me to learn. A really good test, thank you.
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Jun 20, 2021 10:48AM
Lilian Ling
6/9…. good job.
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Jun 19, 2021 8:34PM
Elsy O. Stromberg
One of the harder tests on here.
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Jun 8, 2021 1:54PM
Madi Marven
1 out of 9 & the comment was 'nice try' I'm laughing!!!!
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May 27, 2021 7:36AM
Linda Stegall
3/9 Many words I didn't know. Thanks for the answers. Gave me an opportunity to learn.
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May 26, 2021 5:46PM
wattsican
4/9...oh well, on a regular i won't use them terms anyway..!!
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May 26, 2021 1:12PM
vudu
9/9 - "Literary genius. " Not quite, just used a lot of brain power and memory! Excellent quizz!
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Mar 27, 2021 9:28AM
Karen S. Wolf
7/9 ~ Scarcely makes me a literary genius but I’ll take it.
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Mar 8, 2021 5:02PM
Richard Perkins
Only heard of 1 of these.
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Feb 18, 2021 10:35AM
Darlene Davidson
5/9. Not great but I learned something.
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Feb 10, 2021 4:03PM

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