Irony Review Quiz

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  • 1. 

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

    • A.

      Situational irony

    • B.

      Verbal irony

    • C.

      Dramatic irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Situational irony
    Explanation
    The given scenario presents a situation where an ambulance, which is typically associated with saving lives, is involved in a fatal accident. This unexpected turn of events creates a contrast between the expected outcome (saving the woman's life) and the actual outcome (everyone on the ambulance being killed). This aligns with the concept of situational irony, where there is a discrepancy between what is expected and what actually happens.

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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 and says to you, "Oh Sweetie, this is wonderful!"

    • A.

      Situational irony

    • B.

      Verbal irony

    • C.

      Dramatic irony

    Correct Answer
    B. Verbal irony
    Explanation
    Verbal irony is the correct answer because the boyfriend's statement, "Oh Sweetie, this is wonderful!" is ironic. The boyfriend actually spits out the food, indicating that he does not find it delicious, but his words suggest the opposite. This creates a contrast between what is said and what is meant, which is the essence of verbal irony.

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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 correct answer is dramatic irony. This is because dramatic irony occurs when the audience or reader knows something that the characters in the story do not. In this case, the audience is aware that the mountain lion is waiting for the woman on the path, while the woman herself is oblivious to this danger.

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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 favorite cousin.

    • A.

      Verbal irony

    • B.

      Dramatic irony

    • C.

      Situational irony

    Correct Answer
    C. Situational irony
    Explanation
    The given scenario can be categorized as 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 favorite cousin, who happens to be a British soldier, is unexpected and contrary to what one would anticipate. The situation is ironic because it is unexpected and goes against the usual expectations of family loyalty and kinship.

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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
    Situational irony occurs when there is a contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually happens. In this case, the fact that a vampire, who is traditionally repelled by crosses, has a cross in his house is an example of situational irony. It goes against the expected norm and creates a sense of irony.

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  • 6. 

    Romeo arrives at the Capulet family tomb to find his love, Juliet supposedly dead. However, we the audience know 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 about a situation or event than the characters involved. In this particular scenario, the audience is aware that Juliet is not actually dead, while Romeo believes she is. This creates a sense of tension and anticipation as the audience waits to see how Romeo will react to the false news of Juliet's death. The contrast between what the audience knows and what the characters believe adds depth and complexity to the story, making it an example of dramatic irony.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following is NOT 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
    A. A left handed person is called "Lefty"
    Explanation
    Verbal irony is a figure of speech where the intended meaning of a statement is different from the literal or surface meaning. In the given options, the statement "A left handed person is called 'Lefty'" does not exhibit verbal irony because the term "Lefty" is a straightforward and literal description of a left-handed person. In contrast, the other options involve ironic or unexpected situations, such as a tall person being called "Shorty," an arrogant criminal getting caught, and a best-selling writer's latest novel being a flop.

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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
    In this example, the situation is an example of dramatic irony because the reader is aware that the man is meeting his long-lost son, but the man himself is unaware of this fact. This creates a sense of tension and anticipation for the reader, as they know something that the character does not. This creates dramatic irony as the reader is able to see the situation from a different perspective than the character.

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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 attempting burglary, which is a crime. This unexpected twist creates a sense of irony and surprise in the situation.

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  • 10. 

    The student in class who had 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 that is unexpected or contrary to what is anticipated. The fact that the student who achieved the highest grades in middle school drops out of high school goes against the common assumption that academic success in the past guarantees future success. This unexpected turn of events creates a sense of irony and highlights the contrast between expectations and reality.

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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 different meaning than what is actually being said. This can be seen when the narrator or a character intentionally uses sarcasm or makes a statement that contradicts their true thoughts or feelings. It is a form of irony that relies on the audience's understanding of the intended meaning behind the words spoken.

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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 there is a contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually happens. In this case, the expected results and the actual results are not aligned, indicating a discrepancy. Verbal irony involves using words to convey a meaning that is opposite to the literal interpretation, while dramatic irony occurs when the audience is aware of something that the characters are not. Therefore, situational irony is the most appropriate term to describe the given scenario.

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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 is aware of something that a character in a story or play is not. This creates tension and suspense as the audience anticipates the character's reaction when they eventually discover the truth. In this case, the correct answer is dramatic irony because it accurately describes the situation where the audience possesses knowledge that the character lacks. Situational irony refers to a situation that is the opposite of what is expected, while verbal irony involves saying something but meaning the opposite.

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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.

      A 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 made by the baseball fan, "I just love lots of homework on opening night of the World Series!" demonstrates sarcasm. The fan is expressing the opposite of what they truly feel, as no one would actually enjoy having homework on such an important and exciting event.

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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 the outcome of a situation is the opposite of what is expected or intended. It involves a contrast between what is expected and what actually happens. Therefore, the statement "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 but means the opposite or something different from what they are saying. It involves using words to convey a meaning that is opposite to the literal interpretation. Therefore, the statement that verbal irony is when the character says exactly what they mean is incorrect.

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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
    The correct answer is verbal irony. Verbal irony is when someone says something that is the opposite of what they actually mean. In this case, calling someone who has failed a math test "Einstein" is ironic because Einstein is known for his intelligence in math, while the person being referred to has failed the test.

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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 consequences of the characters' actions. Therefore, the statement that dramatic irony occurs when the reader has information that one or more of the characters does not have is true.

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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 irony

    • B.

      Situational irony

    • C.

      Verbal irony

    Correct Answer
    A. Dramatic irony
    Explanation
    In "The Highwayman," the fact that the readers know about the trap set for the highwayman while he remains unaware creates a sense of dramatic irony. Dramatic irony occurs when the audience or readers have more knowledge about a situation than the characters involved. In this case, the readers' awareness of the trap adds tension and suspense to the story as they wait for the highwayman to unknowingly walk into 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 irony

    • C.

      Verbal and dramatic irony

    • D.

      Situational and dramatic irony

    Correct Answer
    B. Verbal and situational irony
    Explanation
    The given answer, "Verbal and situational irony," is correct. Verbal irony is present in the line where the person says, "Now isn't this nice?" despite the fact that the plane has crashed, implying sarcasm. Situational irony is also present as the person has waited their whole life to take a flight, but it ends in a crash, which is unexpected and contrary to what was anticipated. Therefore, both verbal and situational irony are evident in the given line from the song.

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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 situation described in the sentence 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 woman meets the man of her dreams, which is typically seen as a positive and exciting experience. However, she then discovers that he is already married to someone else, which is unexpected and ironic.

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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 because dramatic irony occurs when the audience or reader knows something that the characters in the story do not. In this case, the audience knows that the wolf has eaten the grandmother, but Little Red Riding Hood is unaware of this fact. This creates tension and suspense as the audience waits to see how Little Red Riding Hood will react when she discovers the truth.

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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 situation is ironic because spoons are not useful when a knife is needed. The speaker's intention is to convey the frustration and inconvenience of having an abundance of the wrong item, creating a sense of situational irony.

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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 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, the old man winning a large sum of money in the lottery is typically seen as a fortunate event, but his death the next day is an unexpected and unfortunate outcome. The irony lies in the unexpected and contradictory nature of these events, creating a sense of surprise and incongruity.

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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 scenario can be categorized as situational irony because it involves a situation where the outcome is contrary to what is expected or intended. Bob has been waiting all day to take a cigarette break, but as soon as he goes outside, he sees a NO SMOKING sign, which contradicts his expectation and desire to smoke. This unexpected turn of events creates a sense of irony in the situation.

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