Irony in Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl: Dramatic & Verbal

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In the Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, the quote, 'Fine specimens of humanity, those Germans, and to think I'm actually one of them!' is an example of which type of irony?

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1. In the Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, when Anne talks about being fortunate and safe in the attic, but the audience knows that they will be caught and that she will die, what type of irony is she using?

2. In the Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, when Anne claims to be selfish for talking about spending money on clothes and food after the war rather than saving to help those less fortunate, the audience knows that neither of these things will ever happen. What type of irony is this?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet is provided as an assessment of what you know about the different types of irony in Diary of a Young Girl. You'll check what you know about identifying the different types and uses of irony by examining examples from the book.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet test your understanding of:

  • The type of irony Anne uses when she speaks about Germans as 'fine specimens of humanity'
  • A type of irony used when Anne talks about being safe in the attic
  • The irony that explains why Margot, thought of as the better child, is less known than Anne
  • Understanding the type of irony that is offered when we learn Anne dies only 6 weeks before her camp is liberated

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - review the events in the story to be able to answer questions about the different types of irony offered
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can correctly interpret the irony related to Anne's direct quote about the 'fine specimens of humanity'
  • Reading comprehension - ensure you are able to pick out the ironies of the story from what you know about what happens to Anne

Additional Learning

If you would like to learn more about this topic, it's available in the accompanying lesson, Irony in Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl: Dramatic & Verbal. This lesson covers more information about:

  • The type of irony sarcasm is related to
  • Irony that exists when the reader knows more than the character in the situation
  • What we know now that Anne didn't know when she wrote the diary
  • Why everyone thought Margot would make something of herself
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