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Understanding Irony (Grade 8)

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Understanding Irony

1. 
Which of the following is an example of verbal irony?
  1. A left handed person is called "Lefty"
  2. A tall person is called "Shorty"
  3. An arrogant criminal gets caught.
  4. A best selling writer's latest novel is a flop.
2. 
A movie you are watching shows a woman jogging in the woods. The next scene shows a mountain lion lying in wait down the path where the woman is jogging.
  1. situational irony
  2. verbal irony
  3. dramatic irony
3. 
Identify the type of irony used in the passage.

In real life, an ambulance comes to a woman's house to take her to the hospital, hopefully to save her life. On the way to the hospital the ambulance is hit by a semi truck and everyone on board the ambulance is killed.
  1. situational irony
  2. verbal irony
  3. dramatic irony
4. 
Determine whether the following passage is an example of situational, dramatic, or verbal irony:
"We're on for tonight," Julio said with a tightness in his voice."
"And I haven't got a thing to wear!" Ben cried..."
  1. Situational Irony
  2. Dramatic Irony
  3. Verbal Irony
5. 
Determine whether the following passage is an example of situational, dramatic, or verbal irony:
"Romi, did you notice that our names are almost like the ones in the play, only backwards? Do you think that means something?"
  1. Situational Irony
  2. Dramatic Irony
  3. Verbal Irony
6. 
Which of the following is an example of situational irony?
  1. The cat ran away from the dog.
  2. She told everyone what a beautiful day it was.
  3. A vampire has a cross in his house.
  4. Penny is beautiful.
7. 
What kind of irony is used when the policeman is talking about the murder weapon and says, "It's probably right under our noses"?
  1. Dramatic Irony
  2. Verbal Irony
  3. Situational Irony
8. 
Which of the following is an example of dramatic irony?
  1. A mother expects her children to do well in school and they make the honor roll.
  2. A man meets his long-lost son and the reader knows it, but he doesn't.
  3. A little girl can see the future and predicts a storm is going to come.
  4. A teacher tells her students they did well on a test, but actually they all failed.
9. 
Romeo arrives at the Capulet family tomb to find his love, Juliet supposedly dead. However, we the audience know that Juliet is not really dead, she merely took a potion to make it look like she was dead for her own motives. When the audience of a story knows more than the characters involved, what type of irony is employed?
  1. situational irony
  2. dramatic irony
  3. verbal irony
  4. imagery
10. 
Read the following example of irony and determine which type of irony is being used. Explain your answer.

Tammy went to the mall shopping and she discovered many sales. Tammy knew she wanted some new clothes for spring, but didn't really have the money. She was expecting a bonus from her job in a few weeks. Tammy decided she had worked really hard and that she deserved some new things. She went ahead and bought her some clothes using her charge card. Tammy knew she could pay her merchandise off on her charge card when she received her bonus. Tammy went to work the next day and got fired due to her company not needing as many employees because business was slow.






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