Irony in Lord of the Flies


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Which of the following ideas from William Golding's Lord of the Flies is an example of irony?

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1. The smoke signaling a rescue boat is ironic because ______.

2. William Golding uses irony in his novel Lord of the Flies to make the story _______.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

William Golding's Lord of the Flies is a classic novel of 20th Century literature due to its complex themes and literary depth. You will be tested on points such as specific examples of irony from the novel and why they are ironic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Identifying examples of irony from the novel
  • Why specific plot points are ironic
  • How Golding uses this literary device in the novel
  • The definition of irony

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure that you have accurately remembered the definition of irony
  • Critical thinking - apply your understanding of irony to critically analyze key passages in the novel to determine their ironic content and the resulting literary effect
  • Knowledge application -utilize the knowledge you have gained from the lesson to identify ironic passages from the novel

Additional Learning

Learn more about this subject with the associated lesson called Irony in Lord of the Flies. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The definition of irony
  • The outcomes of irony in literature
  • William Golding's Lord of the Flies
  • How Lord of the Flies uses irony