5 Written Questions
5 Matching Questions
- reductio ad absurdum (noun)
- a a figure of speech that combines apparently contradictory or incongruous ideas
- b intellectually amusing language that surprises and delights (puns/word play)
- c an exaggerated representation of a character; a cartoon-like portrait in art in literature.
- d harsh or bitter derision or irony; a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark
- e a method of argument, which carries to an extreme, but logical conclusion, some general idea in order to show its falsity. For example: The more sleep one gets the healthier one is. Therefore, someone who has a sleeping sickness and sleeps for months or someone in a coma is really in the best of health.
5 Multiple Choice Questions
- a double meaning; verbal irony - a discrepancy between what is said and what is really meant (sarcasm); situational irony - what actually happens is opposite of what is expected or appropriate; dramatic irony - the audience or reader knows something important that a character does not know
- repeating key words or phrases for comic emphasis
- expressing an idea with less emphasis or in a lesser degree than is the actual case. The opposite of hyperbole, employed for ironic emphasis.
- exaggeration; overstatement; saying more than is meant, often to produce humor; use of superlatives sometimes involved
- a figure of speech in which a spoken phrase is devised to be understood in either of two ways. Often the first (the more obvious) meaning is straightforward, while the second meaning is less so, often risqué, inappropriate, or ironic.
5 True/False Questions
anticlimax (noun) → harsh and abusive language directed against a person or cause
invective (noun) → dropping from the sublime to the ridiculous for a bathetic effect.
euphemism → avoiding the description of something outrageous by cloaking it in sheltered terms; an understatement often involved.
mock heroic → a figure of speech with strongly contrasting words or phrases; a contrast of ideas expressed in a grammatically balanced statement
parody → a mocking imitation of a known person, literary work, movie, or event