Paradox in Literature: Definition & Examples


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What is a paradox?

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1. Which statement is not a paradox?

2. What is the paradox in this statement? Child is father of the man.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of paradoxes in literature. The quiz questions will ask you to identify examples of paradoxes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following by this quiz and worksheet:

  • The definition of 'paradox'
  • Two examples of paradoxes in literature
  • Examples of paradoxical statements

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on paradoxes in literature lesson
  • Making connections - recognize the purpose of paradoxes to understand their use in literature
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding famous paradoxes in novels and plays

Additional Learning

If you want to keep exploring this literary technique, review the accompanying lesson called Paradox in Literature: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define figurative language
  • Understand an author's purpose in using paradoxes
  • Explore examples of paradoxes from literature and politics