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Rhetorical/Literary Devices

Danielle Schneider

Puzzle to help students learn Rhetorical devices and review some literary terms

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1.a phrase that uses the words like or as to describe someone or something by comparing it with someone or something else that is similar
5.a figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole (as fifty sail for fifty ships), the whole for a part (as society for high society), the species for the genus (as cutthroat for assassin), the genus for the species (as a creature for a man),
8.the usually humorous use of a word in such a way as to suggest two or more of its meanings or the meaning of another word similar in sound
9.language that is intended to influence people and that may not be honest or reasonable
10.when two or more words close to one another repeat the same vowel sound but start with different consonant sounds
14.a comparison of two things based on their being alike in some way
17.In literature, apostrophe is a figure of speech sometime represented by exclamation “O”. A writer or a speaker, using an apostrophe, detaches himself from the reality and addresses an imaginary character in his speech
18.Alliteration is derived from a Latin “Latira” means “letters of alphabet”. It is a stylistic device in which a number of words occur close together in a series, having the same first consonant sound.
2.understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of the contrary (as in “not a bad singer” or “not unhappy
3.of, relating to, or characterized by insult or abuse
4.is asked just for the effects or to lay emphasis on some point discussed when no real answer is expected
6.a short story about an interesting or funny event or occurrence
7.something (such as a situation) that is made up of two opposite things and that seems impossible but is actually true or possible
11.Allusion is a brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance. It does not describe in detail the person or thing to which it refers
12.Hyperbole, derived from Greek word meaning “over-casting” is a figure of speech, which involves an exaggeration of ideas for the sake of emphasis
13.Oxymoron, plural oxymora, is a figure of speech in which two opposite ideas are joined to create an effect. The common oxymoron phrase is a combination of an adjective proceeded by a noun with contrasting meanings e.g. “cruel kindness”
15.a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money
16.the use of a word to modify or govern two or more words usually in such a manner that it applies to each in a different sense or makes sense with only one

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