Hyperbole is an exaggeration that is mean to exmpahsize a point. For example, "I was so hungry I could eat ten plates of food" emphasizes how hungry I am.
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Assignment: Email the answers to the following questions with the subject line of "Rhetoric - Figure of Speech, Hyperboles."
- Rewrite the sentences below using hyperbole.
|The man was old.||The man was as old as the hills.|
|It began to rain very hard.|
|They were wet.|
|It was expensive.|
|They were heavy groceries.|
|It wobbled as she pushed it.|
- What is the hyperbole in each sentence? What does it mean?
|Sentence||Hyperbole||What does it mean?|
|She cried a river of tears.||River of tears||She cried a lot. The writer suggest that all those tears form a large volume.|
|I am so hungry I could eat an elephant.|
|We snuck up behind her and she jumped ten feet in the air.|
|The young girl was dying to go to the birthday party.|
|She had a billion things on her mind.|
|The dog was as big as a house.|
- Does the sentence have hyperbole in it? If it does, what is the hyperbole.
|Sentence||Does it have hyperbole?|
|We swam through the air.||Yes. It's so humid that walking outside felt like swimming.|
|I'm so hungry I could eat a whole elephant.|
|May is the nicest months of the year.|
|Her brightly colored dress hurt his eyes.|
|Larry was such a big baby that his parents had to use bed sheets for diapers.|
|I ate all of my salad for lunch.|
|As I approached the horse, it seemed larger than it had in the pasture.|
|The roof rose up and down like it was breathing to the rhythm of the loud music.|
|The thought the pie was the best kind of dessert for the party.|