5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- double entendre
- mock heroic
- invective (noun)
- a intellectually amusing language that surprises and delights (puns/word play)
- b exaggeration and distortion of a literary epic and its style; elevating the trivial to a level higher than it deserves
- c 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.
- d an ironic understatement in which affirmative is expressed by negating the opposite. Example: Einstein is not a bad mathematician.
- e harsh and abusive language directed against a person or cause
5 Multiple choice questions
- the person created by the author to tell a story. Whether the story is told by an omniscient narrator or by a character in it, the actual author of the work often distances himself from what is said or told by adopting a persona--a personality different from his real one. Thus, the attitudes, beliefs, and degree of understanding expressed by the narrator may not be the same as those of the actual author. Some authors, for example, use narrators who are not very bright in order to create irony.
- a statement which, because of its contradictory nature, seems absurd, but which really is well founded
- a mocking imitation of a known person, literary work, movie, or event
- exaggeration; overstatement; saying more than is meant, often to produce humor; use of superlatives sometimes involved
- dropping from the sublime to the ridiculous for a bathetic effect.
5 True/False questions
understatement → expressing an idea with less emphasis or in a lesser degree than is the actual case. The opposite of hyperbole, employed for ironic emphasis.
irony → a mocking imitation of a known person, literary work, movie, or event
burlesque (noun/verb) → a lapse into the ridiculous by a writer aiming at elevated expression; overly sentimental; ex. if the intent is to provoke tears but the response is laughter. oftentimes, there is a sudden change in writing from an important subject to one that is silly or ordinary; an insincere appeal to pathos
entrapment → switching the situation to entrap the reader, after having lured him into a sense of comfort.
reductio ad absurdum (noun) → a lapse into the ridiculous by a writer aiming at elevated expression; overly sentimental; ex. if the intent is to provoke tears but the response is laughter. oftentimes, there is a sudden change in writing from an important subject to one that is silly or ordinary; an insincere appeal to pathos