Irony in The Things They Carried


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Situational irony denotes an incongruence between:

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1. If a a reader knows something that a character does not, this is called:

2. In The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien uses postmodern irony, which is described as an attitude of:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions on this quiz and worksheet test your understanding of the use of irony in The Things They Carried. You must also be familiar with specific comments made by the author on this topic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Knowledge assessed includes:

  • A literary device used by O'Brien in The Things They Carried
  • The term that describes the audience knowing something the characters do not
  • Postmodern irony

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the key term situational irony
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on The Things They Carried
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about a way in which O'Brien suggests irony can be used

Additional Learning

Increase your understanding of Tim O'Brien's text by completing the lesson titled, Irony in The Things They Carried. The following objectives will be covered:

  • Review the use of critical distance
  • Define multiplicity
  • Know David Foster Wallace's views on irony