Sunday Stumper #34: Rhetorical and Literary Devices

Sunday Stumper

We’ve decided to introduce a new weekly meme here at Brewing Up Books…Sunday Stumper! Each Sunday, we’ll be posting a literary based challenge, puzzle, game, etc. that can be downloaded on a computer, tablet, or smartphone (or even printed out). The following week, we will post the correct solution to the puzzle, along with a new one. You can complete the puzzle at your leisure throughout the week, and, if you manage to finish it, you can email it to us ( for a chance to be featured! The first person to correctly complete the puzzle and email it to us will have their blog or Goodreads account featured on our sidebar and will also be mentioned in our Sunday Stumper post the following week.

The puzzles will vary from week to week, potentially consisting of crossword puzzles, matching, fill-in-the-blank (with or without a wordbox), word searches, etc. We have determined weekly topics for our Sunday Stumper, which can be viewed here. If you’re interested in posting a Sunday Stumper on your blog, you’re more than welcome to! Please just remember to link back to Brewing Up Books!

If you have any ideas/suggestions/improvements, please leave them in a comment below. We’d love to hear what you think!

For our thirty-fourth Sunday Stumper, we’re going to see how well you remember your high school and college literature courses, in the form of a rhetorical and literary devices crossword puzzle.  Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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7. a less abrasive form of a description is utilized when referring to an unpleasant subject
12. future plot events are hinted at
15. sentences are extremely long and could have easily been shortened and still retained their original meaning
17. references to another well-known work, historical figure, etc.
18. a play on words in which the word utilized has more than one definition

1. an inanimate object is given life-like qualities
2. a comparison between two unlike things that utilizes the words "like" or "as"
3. poking fun at human nature, political corruption, etc.
4. a person, theme, or setting is paralleled with another
5. the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words
6. the author creates images for the reader to visualize
8. concepts that initially appear contradictory to one another, yet, when placed together hold significant value
9. a comparison between two unlike things that does not utilize the words "like" or "as"
10. the author's attitude toward a particular subject
11. word choice
13. sentence structure
14. the implied meaning of a setting differs from the literal meaning
16. the development of a particular character

Last Week’s Winners

Congratulations to Joan at Fiddler Blue for successfully completing last week’s Sunday Stumper!  There’s always a chance that you could be a lucky winner for next week!  Just make sure to email us your answers (

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I am a senior in high school and an avid reader/reviewer, horseback rider, and graphic designer.  Since a young age, I have fostered a love of reading, beginning with my forays into the Nancy Drew series.  I’ve branched out significantly in my reading tastes since then, and my favorite genres include young adult, romance, mystery, and thriller.  I’m constantly trying to expand my horizons, however, so I do dabble in other genres.  While I’m not reading, I volunteer at a hippotherapy center and a veterinary clinic, practice agility with my dogs, play piano, and sketch.
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