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AP English 11 - Humor and Satire Test

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  1. juxtaposition
  2. oxymoron
  3. reductio ad absurdum (noun)
  4. sarcasm
  5. hyperbole
  1. a a figure of speech that combines apparently contradictory or incongruous ideas
  2. b harsh or bitter derision or irony; a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark
  3. c exaggeration; overstatement; saying more than is meant, often to produce humor; use of superlatives sometimes involved
  4. d 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. e positioning side-by-side or close together mismatching elements, something resulting in comic incongruity

5 Multiple Choice Questions

  1. 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.
  2. an ironic understatement in which affirmative is expressed by negating the opposite. Example: Einstein is not a bad mathematician.
  3. a figure of speech with strongly contrasting words or phrases; a contrast of ideas expressed in a grammatically balanced statement
  4. repeating key words or phrases for comic emphasis
  5. 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

5 True/False Questions

  1. mock heroicexaggeration and distortion of a literary epic and its style; elevating the trivial to a level higher than it deserves


  2. caricaturean exaggerated representation of a character; a cartoon-like portrait in art in literature.


  3. burlesque (noun/verb)a composition which derives its humor from an exaggerated imitation of a more serious work; a parody that ridicules a serious literary work by treating its solemn subject in an undignified style or by applying its elevated style to a trivial subject (mock-epic) - a person's actions may be burlesqued. Example: a King speaking like an idiot.


  4. invective (noun)dropping from the sublime to the ridiculous for a bathetic effect.


  5. bathos (noun)harsh and abusive language directed against a person or cause


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