Satire in The Devil & Tom Walker


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What is the purpose of satire?

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1. In Tales of a Traveller, what problem does Washington Irving see with historical storytelling?

2. Which of the following is NOT satirized in 'The Devil and Tom Walker'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet will focus on the satire of The Devil & Tom Walker with questions on topics like satire's purpose, Washington Irving's view on storytelling, and comparisons made in the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To be more precise, questions will cover:

  • Why satire is used
  • Irving's problem with historical storytelling
  • Targets of satire in the story
  • The definition of a shrew
  • Profession considered as bad as money lending in the story

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Irving's take on storytelling and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about individuals satirized in The Devil & Tom Walker
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about money lending in The Devil & Tom Walker and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Increase your understanding of Washington Irving's use of satire by reading our associated lesson named Satire in The Devil & Tom Walker. You can use this lesson to learn more about the following:

  • Why Irving used satire
  • Marriage and women in the story
  • Money lenders and greed
  • False piety