Figurative Laguage 3: Paradox, Irony, Overstatement, Understatement

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A quiz for Figurative Language 3. This is the second sentence.


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  • 1. 

    The form of figurative language used in Aesop’s fable regarding the man and the Satyr is:

    • A.

      Overstatement

    • B.

      Symphonic

    • C.

      Understatement

    • D.

      Paradox

    • E.

      Irony

    Correct Answer
    D. Paradox
    Explanation
    The form of figurative language used in Aesop's fable regarding the man and the Satyr is paradox. A paradox is a statement or situation that appears to be contradictory or absurd, but upon closer examination, reveals a deeper truth. In the fable, the paradox lies in the Satyr's statement that he prefers to deal with a man who is openly wicked rather than a man who pretends to be good but is secretly wicked. This paradoxical statement highlights the Satyr's preference for honesty and transparency over deception.

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  • 2. 

    At first, a paradox is:

    • A.

      Hard to understand

    • B.

      Seemingly impossible

    • C.

      Depressing

    • D.

      Obvious

    • E.

      Musically correct

    Correct Answer
    B. Seemingly impossible
    Explanation
    A paradox is described as "seemingly impossible" because it presents a situation or statement that appears to contradict itself or defy logic. It may initially seem impossible to reconcile the conflicting elements or ideas presented in a paradox. The word "seemingly" suggests that although it appears impossible, further examination or analysis may reveal a resolution or deeper understanding.

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  • 3. 

    An overstatement is AKA a(n):

    • A.

      Hyperbole

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Smiley

    • D.

      Overscore

    • E.

      Epic

    Correct Answer
    A. Hyperbole
    Explanation
    An overstatement is also known as a hyperbole. A hyperbole is a figure of speech that involves exaggeration for emphasis or dramatic effect. It is used to make a point or create a vivid image by exaggerating certain qualities or characteristics. In this case, hyperbole is the correct answer because it accurately describes the literary device used when someone makes an exaggerated statement or claim.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following sentences must be an overstatement (please use common sense)?

    • A.

      Are you literally coming over?

    • B.

      There was a huge elephant in my doorway.

    • C.

      There were a ton of people at the beach.

    • D.

      Many of bees came at me when I smacked their hive.

    • E.

      I’d walk a thousand miles just to meet you.

    Correct Answer
    E. I’d walk a thousand miles just to meet you.
    Explanation
    The statement "I’d walk a thousand miles just to meet you" is an overstatement because it is not meant to be taken literally. It is an exaggerated expression of the speaker's willingness to go to great lengths to meet someone.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following statements must be an understatement? 

    • A.

      Sitting by the fire made the man feel nice and warm.

    • B.

      The fire was extremely hot compared to the coffee.

    • C.

      The man felt an unpleasant sensation when he accidentally stepped on the campfire.

    • D.

      My back was killing me after all the heavy lifting.

    Correct Answer
    C. The man felt an unpleasant sensation when he accidentally stepped on the campfire.
    Explanation
    The statement "The man felt an unpleasant sensation when he accidentally stepped on the campfire" must be an understatement because stepping on a campfire would typically cause severe pain or injury, not just an unpleasant sensation.

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  • 6. 

    Satire is:

    • A.

      A type of linen

    • B.

      Form of literature used to ridicule human vice

    • C.

      Form of literature used to praise human vice

    • D.

      Form of literature that is no longer in use

    • E.

      Form of literature about sadness and depression

    Correct Answer
    B. Form of literature used to ridicule human vice
    Explanation
    Satire is a form of literature used to ridicule human vice. Satirical works often use humor, irony, and exaggeration to criticize and mock various aspects of society, such as politics, religion, and social norms. By exposing and ridiculing vices, satire aims to provoke reflection and change. It serves as a powerful tool for social commentary and can be found in various forms of literature, including novels, plays, and poems.

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  • 7. 

    Saying the opposite of what one actually means is called:

    • A.

      Verbal irony

    • B.

      Dramatic irony

    • C.

      Situational irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Verbal irony
    Explanation
    Verbal irony refers to the act of saying something that is the opposite of what one actually means. It involves using words to convey a meaning that is different or contradictory to the literal interpretation. This form of irony is often used to create humor, sarcasm, or to express a hidden meaning. Dramatic irony, on the other hand, occurs when the audience knows something that the characters in a story do not, while situational irony involves a situation that is unexpected or contrary to what is anticipated.

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  • 8. 

    A discrepancy b/w what the speaker says and what the poem means is:

    • A.

      Verbal irony

    • B.

      Dramatic irony

    • C.

      Situational irony

    Correct Answer
    B. Dramatic irony
    Explanation
    Dramatic irony refers to a situation in which the audience or reader knows something that the characters in the poem or play do not. In this case, there is a discrepancy between what the speaker says and what the poem means, suggesting that the speaker is unaware of the true meaning or implications of their words. This creates a sense of irony and adds depth to the poem, as the audience is able to understand the situation differently from the speaker.

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  • 9. 

    A discrepancy b/w what is the expected outcome and what acutally results is called:

    • A.

      Verbal irony

    • B.

      Dramatic irony

    • C.

      Situational irony

    Correct Answer
    C. Situational irony
    Explanation
    Situational irony refers to the occurrence of an event or situation that is contrary to what is expected or intended. It involves a discrepancy between what is anticipated to happen and what actually transpires. This type of irony often leads to unexpected or humorous outcomes, as it plays with the audience's expectations. Verbal irony, on the other hand, involves saying something that is the opposite of what is meant, while dramatic irony occurs when the audience knows something that the characters in a story do not.

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  • 10. 

    Bitter or cutting speech intended to wound the feelings is called (for example: Good going, genius)

    Correct Answer
    sarcasm
    Explanation
    The given correct answer for the question is "sarcasm". Sarcasm refers to the use of bitter or cutting speech with the intention of hurting someone's feelings. It involves saying something that is opposite to what is actually meant, often in a mocking or ironic manner. The example provided, "Good going, genius," demonstrates sarcasm by using a seemingly positive statement to convey a negative or mocking tone.

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