Study questions for Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal." Review the definitions for irony and thesis. 1. What is the real thesis? Is there more than one? 2. Look closely at paragraphs 4, 6, and 7, and study how the appeals to logic are put in mathematical and economic terms. Underline those words and phrases. 3. When does the reader begin to realize that the essay is ironic? 4. Does Swift ever present any serious proposals for improving conditions? 5. What is the purpose of the last paragraph? 6. Is this an effective technique for persuasion or not? Support your point. 7. What modern social or political topics could be satirized similarly? Please consider this last question as a possible idea for a paper. Look up "pastiche" before doing so.