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The Devil and Tom Walker: Satire Questions

1. How can the details of the description of Tom’s wife be considered satirical? page 314
2. How are the thoughts of The Black Woodsman on page 317 absurd commentary on the flaws of early American settlers of New England?
3. How does the symbolism of the trees on page 317 foreshadow Tom’s fate? (Not satire)
4. What is the nature and purpose of the syntax used in lines 173-77 on page 319?
5. How does Irving once again satirize the character of an American wife on page 320?
6. How does Irving satirize the flaws of a “violent churchgoer” on page 322?
7. How does irony play a crucial role in the resolution of the plot?

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