Diction: A Quick Review

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This (as seen in the title) is a quick review for the literary element, diction.
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  • 1
    Let's start off with an easy question: what is diction?
    The practice of placing together similarly structure related phrases, words or clauses.
    A figure of speech whereby the author refers to a subject matter such as a place, event, or literary work by way of a passing reference.
    The use of words and phrases that imply strong, harsh sounds within the phrase.
    The choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing.
  • 2
    What does monosyllabic describe?
    The practice of changing the conventional placement of words.
    A word that is one syllable in length.
    Any single, lone line of a poetry composition.
    Any element, subject, idea or concept that is constantly present through the entire body of literature.
  • 3
    Why would an author choose to write monosyllabically?
    In order to raise the level of difficulty of the work.
    In order to convey his/her meaning in short and blunt words.
    In order to give the reader a chance to improve their vocabulary.
    In order to convey his/her meaning in long and sophisticated words.
  • 4
    "They go to hell," was my ready and orthodox answer.

    "And what is hell? Can you tell me that?"

    "A pit full of fire."

    "And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there forever?"

    "No, sir."
    (quote from Jane Eyre)
    What can be used to describe the diction of this exchange?
    Mainly monosyllabic.
    Mainly cacophonous.
    Mainly polysyllabic.
    Mainly euphonious.
  • 5
    Speaking of polysyllabic, what does it mean?
    A short verbal account of a funny, amusing, interesting event or incident.
    It is where the writer uses exaggeratedly long and complex sentences.
    The sentence has more than one meaning.
    The word is more than one syllable in length.
  • 6
    "May you never appeal to Heaven in prayers so hopeless and so agised as in that hour left my lips:" (quote from Jane Eyre)
    What can be used to describe the diction of this quote?
    Mainly euphonious.
    Completely polysyllabic.
    Completely monosyllabic.
    Mainly cacophonous.
  • 7
    What does euphonious mean?
    Watery sounding.
    Pleasant sounding.
    Strange sounding.
    Harsh sounding.
  • 8
    What are denotative words?
    Words that contain their exact meaning.
    Words that contain a deeper meaning.
    Words that are pleasant and cheerful.
    Words that are generally sad and depressing.
  • 9
    Which of the following is a denotative definition of the word "home"?
    A place of security.
    A place that can't be easily replaced.
    A place of family.
    A place where one lives; a residence.
  • 10
    Which of the following sentences contains a diction error?
    Please lie down.
    None of the above.
    All of the above.
    Please lie on the table.
    Please lay the cover down on the table.

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