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Literary Terms Quiz

12 Questions

  1. What word means exactly the opposite of utopia?
  2. What word means the text or words of an opera?
  3. What name is given to a memory aid that helps you remember an idea or phrase with a pattern of letters, numbers, or relatable associations?
  4. What is a short story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson?

  5. In literature, what word starting with 'a' is an expression of insincere doubt?
  6. What word starting with 'p' repeats obvious, simple, and easily understood statements that have little emotional weight or meaning?
  7. Which word, originally French for the sound of a printing plate, is a saying or idea which has been used so much that it sounds very uncreative?
  8. What German word means an exact double of a living person and literally translates to "double walker"?
  9. What word starting with 'c' is a difficult problem, one that is impossible or almost impossible to solve?
  10. What describes a series of words in quick succession that all start with the same letter or sound?
  11. What word describes a short statement about a deceased person, often carved on their tombstone?
  12. What is a comedy in which everything is absolutely absurd?


  1. Dystopia
  2. Libretto
  3. Mnemonic
  4. A parable
  5. Aporia
  6. A platitude
  7. Cliche
  8. Doppelganger
  9. Conundrum
  10. Alliteration

  11. Epitaph
  12. A farce

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