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5 Matching questions

  1. entrapment
  2. parody
  3. burlesque (noun/verb)
  4. mock heroic
  5. bathos (noun)
  1. a a mocking imitation of a known person, literary work, movie, or event
  2. b 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.
  3. c switching the situation to entrap the reader, after having lured him into a sense of comfort.
  4. d 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
  5. e exaggeration and distortion of a literary epic and its style; elevating the trivial to a level higher than it deserves

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. positioning side-by-side or close together mismatching elements, something resulting in comic incongruity
  2. a statement which, because of its contradictory nature, seems absurd, but which really is well founded
  3. exaggeration; overstatement; saying more than is meant, often to produce humor; use of superlatives sometimes involved
  4. an ironic understatement in which affirmative is expressed by negating the opposite. Example: Einstein is not a bad mathematician.
  5. 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.

5 True/False questions

  1. euphemismavoiding the description of something outrageous by cloaking it in sheltered terms; an understatement often involved.


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


  3. caricatureharsh or bitter derision or irony; a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark


  4. oxymorona 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. sarcasma mocking imitation of a known person, literary work, movie, or event