Structural Irony: Definition & Examples

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Structural irony occurs when the perceptions of individuals internal to a narrative are…

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1. The 'internal individuals' who participate in structural irony are typically naïve…

2. The facilitators of structural irony are oblivious to how wrong they are; however, who is NOT clueless to these misconceptions?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will assess your understanding of the literary device of structural irony. To pass the quiz, you will need to know the meanings of structural irony and satire, as well as how authors employ structural irony.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The definition of structural irony
  • What literary period satire and irony were at their height
  • Internal individuals who participate in structural irony
  • The genre of satire
  • Who is knowledgeable about characters' misconceptions in works that employ structural irony

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of structural irony to answer questions about its use in literature
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define literary terms and phrases, such as satire and structural irony
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about how characters participate in structural irony from the related lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about structural irony and see some examples, check out the accompanying lesson Structural Irony: Definition & Examples. This lesson answers the following questions:

  • What is structural irony
  • How do characters participate in structural irony
  • What does satire mean
  • When were the uses of satire and irony most prevalent in literature
  • How is structural irony used in the movie Clueless, in Voltaire's Candide and in Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal
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