Irony in Animal Farm: Examples & Analysis


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What is situational irony?

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1. What does Napoleon do after recovering from his hangover that is an example of situational irony in Animal Farm?

2. When the animals happily wave to Boxer as he is leaving, unaware of what the side of the truck says, this is an example of what type of figurative language in Animal Farm?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These practice questions will ask you about irony from the novel, Animal Farm. You'll need to distinguish different types of irony and determine how they're illustrated by the novel's characters and events.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will require you to:

  • Define situational irony
  • Understand what Napoleon does during his hangover that exemplifies situational irony
  • Identify type of figurative language that's illustrated when the animals wave goodbye to Boxer
  • Recall what sarcasm is an example of
  • Know what Napoleon does with the money after he sells Boxer to the slaughterhouse

Skills Practiced

You'll get practice applying the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define situational irony
  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding specific instances of irony in Animal Farm
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about figurative language to understand what sarcasm is an example of

Additional Learning

Read the lesson entitled Irony in Animal Farm: Examples & Analysis for more information. The lesson will help you:

  • Define irony as a literary term
  • Analyze several quotes from Animal Farm that demonstrate irony
  • Understand the three types of irony that are used in the novel