Humor (Grade 8)

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Which of the following is the best example of a pun?
  1. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
  2. Finally the followers found the camp.
  3. The branches clawed at his jacket.
  4. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
Which of the following is the best example of a pun?
  1. If I had a nickel for every time I heard that.
  2. Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.
  3. There was a sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center that said 'Keep off the Grass'.
  4. On a sign: "English is our language. No exceptions. Learn it."
Sarcasm is a form of verbal irony. Which statement below demonstrates sarcasm?
  1. A basketball fan remarks, "Watching Michael Jordan play ball knocks my socks off!"
  2. A soccer fan remarks, "That goalie is in way over his head."
  3. A football fan remarks, "That receiver's face was as white as a ghost as the ball whizzed past his hands."
  4. A baseball fan remarks, "I just love lots of homework on opening night of the World Series!"
Which of the following is an example of sarcasm?
  1. After he struck out, his best friend rolled his eyes.
  2. After he struck out, his best friend patted him on the back.
  3. After he struck out, his best friend said "Don't worry, we'll get 'em next time."
  4. After he struck out, his best friend said, "There he is! The world's greatest batting champ!"
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
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.
Which type of figurative language is being used in the sentence?

The man wasn't embarrassed at all. Why should he be? All he did was fall off the stage head first in front of eight hundred people.
  1. onomatopoeia
  2. understatement
  3. personification
  4. hyperbole
My teacher is so old that she is mentioned in the Old Testament.

This is an example of which type of figurative language?
  1. understatement
  2. hyperbole
  3. metaphor
  4. simile
It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of
work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to
do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting
one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.

How does the author use a paradox to make the passage humorous?

This device is often used in tall tales for the purpose of humor:
  1. Overstatement
  2. Idiom
  3. Simile
  4. Hyperbole

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