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Can You Pass This High School English Test?

Ready to challenge yourself? Well, you’re in luck! Don’t you worry, we’ve got the best mind teasers, trivia, and general knowledge questions to test how smart you really are when it comes to all things knowledge, education, and more! If you consider yourself a wiz when it comes to riddles, or if you just need a break from the hectic world around you – give this quiz a try!

  • Question of

    Is this sentence in active or passive voice? “The event was held by a reality TV star.”

    • Active
    • Passsive

    Correct Wrong

    The answer is passive! In passive voice, the subject of the sentence receives an action instead of performing the action. If this sentence were active, it would read, "A reality TV star held the event."

  • Question of

    Where does the thesis statement usually appear in a paper?

    • Yes
    • No
    • conclusion
    • conclusion

    Correct Wrong

    The answer is the introduction! The thesis, which sets the agenda for the rest of the paper, usually goes at the end of the introduction.

  • Question of

    Which color most often symbolizes passion in literature?

    • Yes
    • No
    • Purple
    • blue

    Correct Wrong

    The answer is red! It can represent anger, pain, love, and more!

  • Question of

    Who wrote The Catcher in the Rye?

    • Yes
    • No
    • s3
    • s4

    Correct Wrong

    The answer is J.D. Salinger! Although The Catcher in the Rye is often required reading in high school, it was originally written for adults and is frequently censored by American high schools.

  • Question of

    Which of the following is a character from Romeo and Juliet?

    • Yes
    • No
    • s3
    • s4

    Correct Wrong

    The answer is Mercutio! He's one of Romeo's closest friends. Horatio is from Hamlet, Petruchio is from The Taming of the Shrew, and Cassio is from Othello.

  • Question of

    How would you describe a narrator who knows everyone’s thoughts but isn’t a part of the story?

    • Yes
    • No
    • s3
    • s4

    Correct Wrong

    The answer is third person omniscient! "Third person" means the story is told from an outside perspective, and "omniscient" means "all-knowing."

  • Question of

    What literary device does this Tennyson quote exemplify? “And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true.”

    • Yes
    • No
    • s3
    • s4

    Correct Wrong

    The answer is oxymoron! Oxymorons are phrases with terms that seem to contradict each other. There are two oxymoronic phrases here: "faith unfaithful" and "falsely true."

  • Question of

    Which of the following parenthetical citations is in correct MLA style?

    • “No.” – William Shakespeare
    • No
    • “No” (Shakespeare 3.3.87).

    Correct Wrong

    The answer is "No" (Shakespeare 3.3.87). The standard citation for a play in MLA style is "Quote" (Last Name.Scene.Line). Remember to cite your sources!

  • Question of

    Which of the following words can function as a determiner?

    • Yes
    • No
    • 3
    • 4

    Correct Wrong

    The answer is "that"! It specifically belongs to the subcategory of determiners called demonstratives or demonstrative adjectives. It can also be a conjunction, an adverb, or a pronoun!

  • Question of

    The story of George Orwell’s Animal Farm is an allegory for what historical period?

    • Yes
    • No
    • s3
    • s4

    Correct Wrong

    The answer is the rise of the Soviet Union! Some farm pigs overthrow the farmer and become fascists, I think. I didn't actually read it.

  • Question of

    Which of the following best illustrates anaphora?

    • Yes
    • No
    • It ended with lighter bags. It ended with smiles.
    • The trip was a breath of fresh air.

    Correct Wrong

    The answer is "It ended with lighter bags. It ended with smiles." A rhetorical anaphora repeats a word or phrase at the beginning of consecutive phrases. Included in the other examples were a simile, a metaphor, and a zeugma!

  • Question of

    Whoever or whomever: “I got some food for ______ wants some.”

    • Yes
    • No

    Correct Wrong

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