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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
What is personification?

"The car screamed around the corner."
This means the car was ___________.

"The sun glared on the beachgoers."
What does this really mean?

The house ___________ on top of a hill from which there was a beautiful view.

"The clock watched me with disdain as I hurried to finish my report by the deadline."
What does this mean?

If the washing machine "spat" out your clothes, where might your clothes now be?

If you paid for a can of soda in a vending machine but nothing came out, you could say that the machine ____________ your money.

Use personification to make the table appear bad in the following sentence:
"The table _________ quietly, oblivious to my poor stubbed toe."

Use personification to make the blanket appear good in the following sentence:
"The baby fell asleep as her blanket ___________ her in her warm, soothing arms."

"The printer was determined to shred all the jobs that were sent its way."
How many jobs did the printer manage to finish properly?


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22 Comments on “Become a better writer: How to use personification”


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A bit difficult for me with my intermediate level.
Thank you Benjamin.

Tuesday, February 26th 2019

Very complicated sometimes. 8 out of 10 is not a bad score.

Tuesday, February 26th 2019

I didn’t get the last one. The proper answer is “none” just because you didn’t really say in the sentence that the printer managed to finish the jobs, am I right? The machine had only the intention of doing sth, and that’s all, correct?

Tuesday, February 26th 2019

Thank you very much. I got 9 out of 10.Question 8 is a bite confusing,I chose “bit” but “ignored me” was given as the correct answer. Please I need further explanation.

Tuesday, February 26th 2019

    Thank you very much. I got 9 out of 10.Question 8 is a bit confusing,I chose “bit” but “ignored me” was given as the correct answer. Please I need further explanation.

    Tuesday, February 26th 2019

Very difficult) may be i am not writer

Tuesday, February 26th 2019

Well, I did the quiz and I have doubted in three questions about cars, washing machines and tables but in the end, I guessed the right answers although I didn’t write to them… Always the same, besides I should be grateful for our teacher’s lesson, it was very interesting and amusing. Thanks a lot, teacher Benjamin.

Tuesday, February 26th 2019

Hi Benjamin,
The night was very quiet while I watched the lesson!
Thanks for your help with!

Tuesday, February 26th 2019

Thank you for helping me

Wednesday, February 27th 2019

Unexpected result

Wednesday, February 27th 2019

Arduous but i would to thank you sir.

Wednesday, February 27th 2019

It’s very difficult for me 70%

Wednesday, February 27th 2019

I didn’t get the last one,either.

Thursday, February 28th 2019

Thanks Benjamin!!

Thursday, February 28th 2019

A bit complicated but I learned a lot

Friday, March 1st 2019

8/10, It´s not to bad…rs

Friday, March 1st 2019

I learned a lot! Thanks.

Saturday, March 2nd 2019

Good exercises for future writers!
We need to raise our imagination:)

Sunday, March 3rd 2019

7/10.. More than I was expecting

Monday, March 4th 2019

Hi there I’m so glad to hear and learn from you my fellow academicians. I would like to suggest that the lessons that are there in English I could also present them in chichewa to see how it relates to each other or to make some comparisons.

Thursday, March 7th 2019

Benjamin I really appreciate your pronunciation!

Could you give some classes on that?

Thursday, March 7th 2019

i learnt lots of things here .. i hope my english should be better :) Thank you so much

Sunday, March 10th 2019
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