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  • 1. 

    In real life, an ambulance comes to a woman's house to take her to the hospital, hoping to save her life.  On the way to the hospital, the ambulance is hit by a semi-truck and everyone onboard the ambulance is killed.

    • A.

      Situational irony

    • B.

      Verbal irony

    • C.

      Dramatic irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Situational irony
    Explanation
    This situation is an example of situational irony because the outcome is unexpected and contrary to what is expected or intended. The woman's life was in danger, and the ambulance was supposed to save her, but instead, everyone onboard the ambulance ends up getting killed. This unexpected twist of events creates a sense of irony.

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  • 2. 

    You work all afternoon cooking a fancy dinner for your boyfriend.  When he takes his first bite, he spits it out into his napkin without you seeing it and says to you, "Oh Sweetie, this is wonderful!"

    • A.

      Situational irony

    • B.

      Verbal irony

    • C.

      Dramatic irony

    Correct Answer
    B. Verbal irony
    Explanation
    The correct answer is verbal irony. Verbal irony is when someone says something that is the opposite of what they actually mean. In this situation, the boyfriend says the dinner is wonderful even though he spat it out, indicating that he actually didn't like it.

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  • 3. 

    A movie you are watching shows a woman jogging in the woods.  The next scene shows a mountain lion lying in wait down the path where the woman is jogging.

    • A.

      Situational irony

    • B.

      Verbal irony

    • C.

      Dramatic irony

    Correct Answer
    C. Dramatic irony
    Explanation
    The given scenario exhibits dramatic irony. This is because the audience is aware of the danger that awaits the woman, while she remains oblivious to it. The contrast between the woman's ignorance and the audience's knowledge creates a sense of tension and anticipation, making it a classic example of dramatic irony.

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  • 4. 

    In your history book, you read about a young man in the Revolutionary War who kills a British soldier. That soldier who was killed turns out to be his cousin.

    • A.

      Verbal irony

    • B.

      Dramatic irony

    • C.

      Situational irony

    Correct Answer
    C. Situational irony
    Explanation
    The given scenario is an example of situational irony. Situational irony occurs when there is a contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually happens. In this case, the young man killing his cousin in the Revolutionary War is unexpected and goes against the usual expectation of family members supporting each other. The situation is ironic because it is contrary to what one would typically anticipate in a family relationship.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following is an example of situational irony?

    • A.

      The cat ran away from the dog.

    • B.

      She told everyone what a beautiful day it was.

    • C.

      A vampire has a cross in his house.

    • D.

      Penny is beautiful.

    Correct Answer
    C. A vampire has a cross in his house.
    Explanation
    This is an example of situational irony because traditionally, vampires are believed to be repelled by crosses, yet this vampire has a cross in his house, which goes against the expected outcome.

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  • 6. 

    Romeo arrives at the Capulet family tomb to find his love, Juliet, supposedly dead. However, the audience knows that Juliet is not really dead; she merely took a potion to make it look like she was dead for her own motives. When the audience of a story knows more than the characters involved, what type of irony is employed?

    • A.

      Situational irony

    • B.

      Dramatic irony

    • C.

      Verbal irony

    Correct Answer
    B. Dramatic irony
    Explanation
    Dramatic irony is employed when the audience knows more than the characters involved in a story. In this situation, the audience is aware that Juliet is not really dead, while Romeo believes she is. This creates a sense of tension and suspense as the audience watches Romeo's actions and reactions based on his misunderstanding of the situation. The contrast between what the characters believe and what the audience knows to be true is what defines dramatic irony.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following is an example of verbal irony?

    • A.

      A left handed person is called "Lefty"

    • B.

      A tall person is called "Shorty

    • C.

      An arrogant criminal gets caught.

    • D.

      A best selling writer's latest novel is a flop.

    Correct Answer
    B. A tall person is called "Shorty
    Explanation
    Verbal irony is when someone says something that is opposite to what they mean, often for humorous or emphatic effect. Calling a tall person "Shorty" is an example of verbal irony because it uses a term that is the opposite of the person's actual characteristic (being tall), creating a contrast between the description and reality. The other options do not fit the definition of verbal irony.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following is an example of dramatic irony?

    • A.

      A mother expecting her children to do well in school, and they make the honor roll.

    • B.

      A man meets his long-lost son but doesn't know it, although the reader does.

    • C.

      A little girl can see the future.

    • D.

      A teacher tells her students they did well on a test, but actually they all failed.

    Correct Answer
    B. A man meets his long-lost son but doesn't know it, although the reader does.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A man meets his long-lost son but doesn't know it, although the reader does." This is an example of dramatic irony because the reader is aware of the man's true identity, while the man himself remains ignorant. This creates a sense of tension and anticipation as the reader wonders when and how the man will discover the truth.

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  • 9. 

    The son of the police chief is arrested for attempted burglary.

    • A.

      Verbal irony

    • B.

      Situational irony

    • C.

      Dramatic irony

    Correct Answer
    B. Situational irony
    Explanation
    The situation described in the question is an example of situational irony. Situational irony occurs when there is a contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually happens. In this case, it is unexpected and ironic that the son of the police chief, who is supposed to uphold the law, is arrested for attempted burglary. This situation goes against the expectations and creates a sense of irony.

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  • 10. 

    The student in class with the highest grades in middle school drops out of high school. This is an example of which type of irony?

    • A.

      Dramatic irony

    • B.

      Verbal irony

    • C.

      Situational irony

    Correct Answer
    C. Situational irony
    Explanation
    This scenario exemplifies situational irony because it presents a situation where the student with the highest grades in middle school, who is expected to succeed academically, ends up dropping out of high school. This outcome is unexpected and contrary to what is typically anticipated, resulting in a situation that is ironic.

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  • 11. 

    Any instance in which the narrator or a character says one thing but means something else is:

    • A.

      Verbal irony

    • B.

      Dramatic irony

    • C.

      Situational irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Verbal irony
    Explanation
    Verbal irony refers to a situation where someone says something but means the opposite. It involves the use of words to convey a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation. This can be seen when the narrator or a character says something sarcastic or makes a statement that contradicts their true feelings or intentions. Verbal irony is often used to create humor or emphasize a point in literature or everyday conversations.

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  • 12. 

    The discrepancy between the expected results in a situation and the actual results that occur is:

    • A.

      Verbal irony

    • B.

      Dramatic irony

    • C.

      Situational irony

    Correct Answer
    C. Situational irony
    Explanation
    Situational irony refers to a situation where the outcome is significantly different from what was expected. It occurs when there is a contrast between what is anticipated and what actually happens. In this case, the expected results in a situation do not align with the actual results, highlighting a discrepancy between the two. This makes situational irony the correct answer. Verbal irony involves saying one thing but meaning the opposite, while dramatic irony occurs when the audience knows something that the characters do not.

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  • 13. 

    When the audience understands something that a character does not know, this is:

    • A.

      Dramatic irony

    • B.

      Situational irony

    • C.

      Verbal irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Dramatic irony
    Explanation
    Dramatic irony occurs when the audience possesses knowledge that a character in the story is unaware of. This creates a contrast between what the character believes or expects and what the audience knows to be true. In this case, the correct answer is "dramatic irony" because it accurately describes the situation where the audience understands something that a character does not know. Situational irony refers to a situation where the outcome is contrary to what is expected, while verbal irony involves saying something that is the opposite of what is intended.

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  • 14. 

    Sarcasm is a form of verbal irony. Which statement below demonstrates sarcasm?

    • A.

      A basketball fan remarks, "Watching Michael Jordan play ball knocks my socks off!"

    • B.

      A soccer fan remarks, "That goalie is in way over his head."

    • C.

      Football fan remarks, "That receiver's face was as white as a ghost, as the ball whizzed past his hands."

    • D.

      A baseball fan remarks, "I just love lots of homework on opening night of the World Series!"

    Correct Answer
    D. A baseball fan remarks, "I just love lots of homework on opening night of the World Series!"
    Explanation
    The statement by the baseball fan, "I just love lots of homework on opening night of the World Series!" demonstrates sarcasm because the fan is expressing the opposite of what they actually feel. Opening night of the World Series is typically an exciting event for baseball fans, so the fan sarcastically suggests that they enjoy having lots of homework on that particular night, which is obviously not true.

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  • 15. 

    Situational Irony occurs when what happens in the story is what is expected to happen.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Situational irony occurs when what happens in the story is the opposite of what is expected to happen. It involves a discrepancy between what is anticipated and what actually occurs. Therefore, the statement that situational irony occurs when what happens in the story is what is expected to happen is incorrect.

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  • 16. 

    Verbal Irony is when the character says exactly what they mean.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Verbal irony is actually when a character says something that is the opposite of what they mean. It involves using words to convey a meaning that is different or opposite to the literal interpretation. This creates a contrast between what is said and what is actually meant, often for humorous or dramatic effect. So, the given statement is incorrect, as verbal irony is not when a character says exactly what they mean.

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  • 17. 

    If you call someone who has failed a math test "Einstein" you are using a form of what type of irony?

    • A.

      Verbal irony

    • B.

      Situational irony

    • C.

      Dramatic irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Verbal irony
    Explanation
    Verbal irony is the correct answer because calling someone who has failed a math test "Einstein" is a form of irony where the intended meaning is different from the literal or usual meaning. By sarcastically referring to them as "Einstein," it implies that they are not intelligent or skilled in math, even though Einstein is known for his brilliance in the subject.

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  • 18. 

    Dramatic Irony occurs when the reader has information that one or more of the characters does not have.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Dramatic irony is a literary device where the audience or reader knows something that the characters in the story do not. This creates tension and suspense as the audience anticipates the characters' reactions to events unfolding. In this case, the correct answer is true because it accurately describes the concept of dramatic irony.

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  • 19. 

    In "The Highwayman," when King George's men have Bess tied up, the highwayman doesn't know it, but we, the readers, know that a trap is set for him. This is an example of ________ irony?

    • A.

      Dramatic

    • B.

      Situational

    • C.

      Verbal

    Correct Answer
    A. Dramatic
    Explanation
    This is an example of dramatic irony because the readers have information that the highwayman doesn't. We know that Bess is tied up and a trap is set for him, but he is unaware of this. This creates tension and suspense in the story as we anticipate the highwayman's unknowing encounter with the trap.

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  • 20. 

    "He waited his whole darn life to take that flight, and as the plane crashed down he said, "Now isn't this nice?" - from the song "Ironic" by Alannis Morisette

    • A.

      Verbal irony

    • B.

      Verbal and situational

    • C.

      Verbal and dramatic

    • D.

      Situational and dramatic

    Correct Answer
    B. Verbal and situational
    Explanation
    The given answer, "Verbal and situational," is correct because the lyrics of the song "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette contain both verbal irony and situational irony. Verbal irony is present when the character in the song says "Now isn't this nice?" after the plane crashes, which is ironic because crashing is not a pleasant situation. Situational irony is evident in the fact that the character waited their whole life to take a flight, but it ended in a crash, which is the opposite of what they expected or hoped for.

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  • 21. 

    She met the man of her dreams and then met his gorgeous wife.

    • A.

      Verbal irony

    • B.

      Situational irony

    • C.

      Dramatic irony

    Correct Answer
    B. Situational irony
    Explanation
    The given scenario presents a situation where the protagonist meets the man of her dreams, indicating a positive and hopeful outcome. However, the situation takes an unexpected turn when she discovers that the man she met is already married to a gorgeous wife. This unexpected twist creates a sense of situational irony, as the outcome contradicts the initial expectation and creates a humorous or ironic effect.

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  • 22. 

    In the children's story "Little Red Riding Hood" we know that the wolf has eaten the grandmother, but Little Red Riding Hood does not know that.

    • A.

      Situational irony

    • B.

      Verbal irony

    • C.

      Dramatic irony

    Correct Answer
    C. Dramatic irony
    Explanation
    The correct answer is dramatic irony. In the story, the readers or audience are aware that the wolf has eaten the grandmother, but Little Red Riding Hood is unaware of this fact. This creates a sense of tension and suspense as the audience knows more than the main character, leading to dramatic irony.

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  • 23. 

    10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife.

    • A.

      Dramatic irony

    • B.

      Verbal irony

    • C.

      Situational irony

    Correct Answer
    C. Situational irony
    Explanation
    The given statement, "10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife," is an example of situational irony. Situational irony occurs when there is a contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually happens. In this case, the expectation is to have a knife when it is needed, but instead, there are 10,000 spoons. This unexpected and ironic situation creates a humorous or sarcastic effect.

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  • 24. 

    An old man won 100 million dollars in the lottery and then died the following day.

    • A.

      Situational irony

    • B.

      Dramatic irony

    • C.

      Verbal irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Situational irony
    Explanation
    The correct answer is situational irony. This is because the situation of the old man winning a large sum of money in the lottery, which is typically seen as a fortunate event, is followed immediately by his death, which is an unfortunate event. The unexpected and contradictory outcome creates a sense of irony in the situation.

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  • 25. 

    Bob has waited all day long to take a cigarette break.  As he walks outside, he sees that a NO SMOKING sign has just been posted.

    • A.

      Verbal irony

    • B.

      Situational irony

    • C.

      Dramatic irony

    Correct Answer
    B. Situational irony
    Explanation
    The given answer, situational irony, is correct because the situation is ironic. Bob has been waiting all day to take a cigarette break, but just as he finally gets the chance to go outside, he sees a NO SMOKING sign has been posted. This is unexpected and contrary to what Bob was hoping for, creating a situation where the outcome is the opposite of what was anticipated.

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