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Oxymoron: Quiz


Question 1: They appear in a range of contexts, from inadvertent errors such as extremely average, to deliberate puns like same difference, to literary oxymorons that have been carefully crafted to reveal a ________.
Bertrand RussellAristotleParadoxAmbiguity

Question 2: An oxymoron (plural oxymorons, or sometimes the Greek plural oxymora) (from Greek ὀξύμωρον, "sharply dull") is a ________ that combines normally contradictory terms.
MetaphorRhetoricScheme (linguistics)Figure of speech

Question 3: For example, the following line from Tennyson's ________ contains two oxymorons:
The Lady of ShalottKing ArthurCamelotIdylls of the King

Question 4: Such claims may be made purely for humorous effect; many examples, such as military intelligence, were popularized by comedian ________.
The George Carlin ShowGeorge CarlinClass ClownRichard Pryor

Question 5: The introduction of this usage, the opposite of its true meaning, has been credited to ________.
NeoconservatismWilliam F. Buckley, Jr.ConservatismNational Review

Question 6: One case where many oxymorons are used together can be found in Shakespeare's ________, where Romeo declares
The TempestWilliam ShakespeareRomeo and JulietHamlet

Question 7: The most common form of oxymoron involves an ________-noun combination.
AdjectivePreposition and postpositionAdverbVerb

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