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Allusion Practice

Quiz by Terez Heckstall

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  • Q1
    What is an allusion?
    an exaggerated statement
    a comparison using like or as
    the same letter or sound repetition
    an indirect reference to something not explicitly stated
  • Q2
    Which of the following is not an example of allusion?
    It was raining as if it was Noah's Ark all over again.
    After no Christmas gifts, he turned into Scrooge.
    The traffic was slower than molasses.
    Your backyard closely resembles the Garden of Eden.
  • Q3
    Fiona is good at sports, earns high grades in school, has a lot of friends, and is also an amazing artist. Her friends tell her she has the "Midas Touch." What does it mean that Fiona has the Midas Touch?
    She doesn't have to work very hard for all she has.
    She is arrogant and thinks she is a queen.
    She turns to gold when someone touches her.
    Everything she touches turns to gold.
  • Q4
    In Greek mythology, a mythical bird called the phoenix lives for hundreds of years before bursting into flames at its death. However, it soon rises from its own ashes and is reborn. What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below? Fans debated whether their team would rise from the ashes.
    To think optimistically
    None of the above
    to come back after destruction or defeat
    to surprise an opponent
  • Q5
    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below? Lucy warned her youngest son not to cry wolf while wrestling with his older brother.
    none of the above
    to raise a false alarm
    to physically become a wolf
    to make howling sounds
  • Q6
    In the Bible, Daniel accurately translates mysterious writing that appears on a wall, and in doing so, he predicts the death of a king. What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below? Investors should have seen the writing on the wall.
    none of these answers are correct
    an inaccurate prediction
    a sign with important technical information
    a clear indication of how something will turn out
  • Q7
    "Him and her were unhealthy lovers. They remind me of Romeo and Juliet." Why might the author use the allusion referencing Romeo and Juliet?
    To make the reader laugh at their relationship and feel better about their own
    To give us a better glimpse into the future of their relationship
    To enable readers to know the characters are madly in love and headed to the altar.
    To give hints that their relationship may end miserably just like Romeo and Juliet's
  • Q8
    In Greek mythology, Achilles's mother dips him in a river that protects his body wherever it touches. His heel does not get wet, so it is the one part of his body left unprotected. During the Trojan War, an arrow hits Achilles in the heel and kills him. What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below? Red velvet cupcakes were Stacy's Achilles's heel when she was trying to eat more healthily.
    a feeling of false hope
    all of the above
    A sole weakness
    a source of strength
  • Q9
    George Orwell's novel 1984 focuses on a totalitarian society in which the citizens are frequently reminded that their leader, Big Brother, is always watching. What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below? The headline read: "Smart Phones Becoming Big Brother."
    an important system that helps people stay safe
    a threatening power that monitors all aspects of people's lives
    a nuisance that distracts people from important tasks
    all of the above
  • Q10
    What is the meaning of the allusion in the sentence below? Much to our shock, Warren chose to turn the other cheek when Ruth insulted him in a meeting.
    to respond harshly
    all of the above
    to not respond at all
    to respond without aggression
  • Q11
    What is the allusion commonly used for Cinderella?
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    hard work
    hard work and bad treatment
    all of the above
    being ignored
  • Q12
    Which of the following is true about allusions?
    allusions are written in quotation marks
    allusions are indicated references that may sometimes be obvious and sometimes obscure
    allusions are always started as a comparison, as in 'He was as strong as Hercules.'
    all of the above
  • Q13
    Which of the following is not an example of an allusion?
    The car was a Frankenstein of parts.
    He lies so much, I'm surprised his nose doesn't grow like Pinnochio's.
    His wife was his Achille's heel.
    We'll miss him so much because he was the best dog ever.
  • Q14
    What type of allusion is this?
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  • Q15
    What type of allusion is this?
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