A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift: Satire and Social Commentary


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What is satire?

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1. What is irony?

2. What does Jonathan Swift suggest that the Irish do with their children in A Modest Proposal?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will gauge your understanding of A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift. The quiz will also assess your comprehension of concepts like satire and irony.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to:

  • Identify Jonathan Swift's suggestive argument for what the Irish could do with their children
  • Recognize the author's claim to what could be benefited from his modest proposal
  • Explain the real solutions given by Swift in response to Irish oppression and poverty

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on A Modest Proposal
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Irish oppression
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Swift's modest proposal

Additional Learning

To learn more about this subject, review the lesson A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift: Satire and Social Commentary which covers these objectives:

  • Explain Jonathan Swift and his role as a literary figure
  • Identify the time-period of Swift's essay
  • Recognize the effect of satire on the public