Regents Exam
Figurative Language
Misc. Literary Devices
Central Idea
Context Clues

How many questions are there in part 1 of the ELA regents?

a. 48

b. 24

c. 12

d. 30

What is: B, 24


What type figurative language is being demonstrated in this passage? Be specific.

"Therefore the moon, pale in her anger, washes all the air that rheumatic diseases do abound."

What is: Personification of the Moon 


What literary device is being demonstrated in this passage?

"Two houses, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene." -Romeo and Juliet

What is: Setting


Once on a bright summer’s sunny day, a Grasshopper was singing then he saw an Ant working hard to collect food, the grasshopper said, “Why do you work so hard in summers? Summers are for fun, relaxation and enjoyment. Come let us sing and enjoy”.

But Ant said, “I am collecting food for the winters and I recommend you to do the same.”

Grasshopper said, “We have got plenty of food at present. Why bother about winter now?”.

The Ant ignored him and went on its way.

When the winter came grasshopper had no food to eat.

He saw that Ant and begged for food, but she said, “When I worked hard, you enjoyed”.

Then grasshopper learned his lesson the hard way.

What is: Answers Will Vary


Your uncle wouldn’t even part with a dime to help the kids pay for their trip. That’s just one more example of his penurious ways. In contrast, many people who have much less money have donated a great deal to the cause. 

What does “penurious” mean? 

a. very old

 b. very wealthy 

c. very humorous 

d. very stingy

What is: D, very stingy


How many literary elements should you use in a text analysis, and how many examples?

What is: One literary element, two examples


What type figurative language is being demonstrated in this passage? Be specific.

"This is the large iceberg; while the small and distant islands, floating on the smooth sea, in the light of a clear day, look like little floating fairy isles of sapphire."

What is: Simile (distant islands/floating fairy isles)


Determine the Point of View of the following passage:

"I have of late,- but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goody frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory."

What is: First Person Point of View


A father noticed that his son could not control his anger. He would often lose his temper and say whatever came to his mouth. His father came up with a plan. He gave his son some nails and a hammer, asking him to knock a nail into the fence each time he said something rude. The first week, he used up most of the nails. The next week he used fewer and so on, till he did not need to hammer in any nails.

Now his father asked him to remove a nail each day he didn’t lose his temper. The boy did as asked till he had slowly removed all the nails. His father then showed him all the holes left in the fence.

What is: Answers May Vary


Your cousin claimed to be late because the doors of his house were frozen shut. Even though I have my doubts, his explanation is plausible. It got really cold last night. I'll just have to take his word for it. 

If a statement is plausible, __________. 

a. you must always believe it 

b. you should never believe it 

c. it's hard to understand because it makes no sense

d. it's believable enough to possibly be true

What is: D, it's believable enough to possibly be true 


List 3 requirements of an argument essay.

What is: 5 paragraphs, counterclaim, rebuttal, evidence from 3 different texts, claim, etc. 


What two types of figurative language are being demonstrated in this passage? Be specific

"They rose when she entered--a small, fat woman in black, with a thin gold chain descending to her waist and vanishing into her belt, leaning on an ebony cane with a tarnished gold head. Her skeleton was small and spare; perhaps that was why what would have been merely plumpness in another was obesity in her. She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue. Her eyes, lost in the fatty ridges of her face, looked like two small pieces of coal pressed into a lump of dough as they moved from one face to another. Then they could hear the invisible ticking at the end of the gold chain.  Her voice was dry and cold." - "A Rose for Emily"

What is: Imagery and Characterization


What literary device is being demonstrated in this passage?

"By God, I may be old-fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days to suit me."- Tom Buchanan, The Great Gatsby

What is: Irony


What is : Answers May Vary


"No matter where you go, the Internet is following you. Almost every portable device is being made with an Internet connection. Most new TVs and many other appliances come with Internet connections as well. The Internet is truly ubiquitous

If something is ubiquitous, __________. 

a. it is fuzzy and will bite you 

b. it is everywhere 

c. it costs too much money 

d. it causes rashes

What is: B, is is everywhere


Fill in the blank for a Text Analysis

Your Task: Closely read the text provided and write a well-developed, text-based response of ___________ paragraphs. In your response, identify a ___________ in the text and analyze how the author’s use of one __________ develops this idea. Use strong and thorough evidence (at least _______ examples)  from the text to support your analysis. Do not simply summarize the text. 

What is:

1. developed

2. 2-3

3. central idea

4. literary device

5. two



What type figurative language is being demonstrated in this passage? Be specific.

"I have not moved from there to there without I think to please you, and still an everlasting funeral marches round your heart."- John Proctor, The Crucible

What is: A Metaphor (Elizabeth's attitude/Funeral)


What literary device is being demonstrated in this passage?

"Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death. It was her sister Josephine who told her, in broken sentences; veiled hints that revealed in half concealing." - "The Story of an Hour"

What is: Foreshadowing


There was a group of four boys, who loved to party. If given the choice they would always pick partying over studying because they hated studying so much. A night before their test, they were out having fun once again and ended up missing it the next morning. They lied to the Dean that their car had a flat tire and because they didn’t have a spare they had to push it back in time. The Dean listened carefully and told them they could give the exam later.

Having gotten another chance, the boys studied happily and hard. They believed they had fooled the Dean.  As they arrived for the exam they were asked to sit in separate classrooms and to their surprise, the 100 mark exam only had two questions. “Your name?” and “which side tire did you burst?”  

What is: Answers May Vary


No word must ever leak out about this military action! It has to be a clandestine operation in order to succeed. 

Which word is a synonym of "clandestine"? 

a. family 

b. useful 

c. dangerous 

d. secret

What is: D, secret


Fill in the blanks for the argument essay directions:

Your Task: Carefully read each of the ______ texts provided. Then, using evidence from at least______ of the texts, write a well-developed argument essay. Clearly establish your _______, distinguish your claim from __________ claims, and use specific, relevant, and sufficient evidence the texts to develop your argument. Do not simply summarize each text.


Be sure to:

• Establish your claim

• Distinguish your claim from alternate or opposing claims

• Use specific, relevant, and sufficient evidence  to develop your argument

• Cite your source using __________

• __________ your ideas in a cohesive and coherent manner

• Maintain a formal style of writing

• Follow the conventions of standard written English

What is:

1.  four

2. three

3. claim

4. opposing

5. text and line #

6. organize


What type figurative language is being demonstrated in this passage? Be specific.

"At the man's heels trotted a dog, a big native husky, the proper wolf-dog, grey-coated and without any visible or temperamental difference from its brother, the wild wolf. The animal was depressed by the tremendous cold. It knew that it was no time for travelling." - "To Build a Fire"

What is: Symbolism (Dog/Instinct)


What is the point of view of this passage? Be specific.

"Day had broken cold and gray, exceedingly cold and gray, when the man turned aside from the main Yukon trail and climbed the high earth-bank, where a dim and little traveled trail led eastward through the fat spruce timberland. It was a steep bank, and he paused for breath at the top, excusing the act to himself by looking at his watch. It was nine o'clock. There was no sun nor hint of sun, though there was not a cloud in the sky. It was a clear day, and yet there seemed an intangible pall over the face of things, a subtle gloom that made the day dark, and that was due to the absence of sun. This fact did not worry the man." - "To Build a Fire"

What is: Third person omniscient


What is: Answers May Vary


When your plan brings us great wealth, you will be rewarded for your sagacity.

Sagacity most likely means:

 a. good looks 

b. mistakes 

c. intelligence 

d. huge appetite for herbs

What is: C, intelligence

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