Irony in The Canterbury Tales: Verbal & Dramatic


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Which of the following best defines verbal irony?

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1. Which of the following is an example of verbal irony from The Canterbury Tales?

2. Which of the following is a form of irony in which the audience is more aware than the characters of the whole story?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions on this quiz/worksheet combo center on how Chaucer uses irony in The Canterbury Tales. The quiz will test you on the two forms of irony used in the work, examples of each, and the purpose for Chaucer's use of irony.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will test what you know about:

  • The definition of verbal irony
  • How to recognize an example of verbal irony
  • Why Chaucer uses irony

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of irony to identify a form in which the audience knows more than the characters
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about an example of irony in ''The Nun's Priest's Tale''
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what happens in The Canterbury Tales that demonstrates verbal irony

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