Satire in Tom Sawyer


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What is it called when the reader knows information that the characters do not?

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1. What is one of the reasons that verbal irony is humorous?

2. In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, how does Tom feel when he sees Aunt Polly mourn his death?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of Mark Twain's use of satire in Tom Sawyer and allow you to discover why Twain was known for his satirical writing. The questions will quiz you on the form of satire used by Twain when he pokes fun at other types of stories and what he accomplishes by parodying adventure novels in Tom Sawyer.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments test you on the following:

  • Reasons why verbal irony is humorous
  • The term used when a reader has knowledge of something the characters do not
  • Tom's feelings when he sees Aunt Polly mourning his death

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to use the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about satire in Tom Sawyer
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information regarding what Twain does when he parodies adventure novels
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding when a reader has knowledge of information that the characters do not
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the forms of satire used by Mark Twain

Additional Learning

To learn more about the use of satire in Tom Sawyer, review the accompanying lesson, Satire in Tom Sawyer. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define satire
  • Read example passages from the novel
  • Examine each form of satire used by Twain