Dramatic Irony in The Great Gatsby


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Authors use dramatic irony to create comedic moments as well as _____.

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1. Which of the following is NOT an example of dramatic irony in The Great Gatsby?

2. In The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway's first encounter with Jay Gatsby can be considered dramatic irony because _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Dramatic irony in a novel occurs when the reader knows something that has been hidden from the characters themselves. F. Scott Fitzgerald employs this device in many instances in The Great Gatsby, as the reader frequently sees what's going on long before Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby do. The questions asked by the quiz/worksheet combo center on the purpose for dramatic irony in a literary work and what events do or do not qualify as examples of dramatic irony.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The questions ask you:

  • Why an author uses dramatic irony
  • How Nick Carraway's first encounter with Jay Gatsby qualifies as dramatic irony
  • Why Tom Buchanan's remarks at the Wilson garage are ironic

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - confirm your understanding of how and why F. Scott Fitzgerald employs dramatic irony with respect to Nick Carraway, Tom and Daisy Buchanan, and Jay Gatsby
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the death of Tom's mistress and Tom's reaction
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the irony inherent in Nick's experience at Gatsby's party

Additional Learning

Study the lesson titled Dramatic Irony in The Great Gatsby to learn more. The lesson covers the objectives in the following list:

  • Understand the role of dramatic irony as F. Scott Fitzgerald uses it in this book
  • Identify the earliest moment in which Fitzgerald introduces an ironic situation
  • Explain the irony surrounding the death of Myrtle Wilson
  • Discuss how Gatsby's final moments are the ultimate expression of irony