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1
It is common in comedy that actions do not have the consequences that they do in real life. This characteristic is known as...
A)suspension of natural laws
B)contrast between the social order and the individual
C)the comic premise
D)suspension of physics
2
The term slapstick refers to...
A)ironic wit and humor
B)a stick that was fashioned to allow an actor to hit another actor onstage, creating a whacking sound without harming the performers
C)raucous, knockabout comedy
D)B and C
3
Of the following, who wrote the play Tartuffe, which serves as a good example of the contrast between the social order and the individual?
A)Molière
B)Aeschylus
C)Aristophanes
D)Shakespeare
4
Comedy is created when the basic assumptions about society and the characters and events of the play...
A)ignore each other
B)clash or cut against each other
C)match together seamlessly
D)balance each other
5
An idea or concept that turns the accepted notion of things upside down and becomes the basis of the play is also known as the comic premise.
A)true
B)false, that describes the comic insight
C)false, that the comic gimmick
D)false, that describes the comic ideal
6
Which Greek play by Aristophanes uses the comic premise that women can withhold sex to keep the men from going to war?
A)The Clouds
B)The Birds
C)Lysistrata
D)The Frogs
7
Which of the following is NOT a technique of comedy?
A)verbal humor
B)comedy of character
C)plot complications
D)strong emphasis on suspense
8
A word which sounds like the right word but means something quite different is known as...
A)a pun
B)a malaprop
C)an epigram
D)a witticism
9
Bedroom farce is a form of comedy that uses stock characters and characters with dominant traits.
A)true
B)false, that describes Commedia dell 'Arte
C)false, that describes Bedroom farce
D)false, that describes Domestic Comedy
10
Of the following Shakespearean plays, which is known for effectively exploring plot complications?
A)The Tempest
B)Much Ado About Nothing
C)A Midsummer Night's Dream
D)Comedy of Errors
11
Of the following, which is a type of comedy that thrives on exaggeration in both plot complications and physical humor—its aim being entertainment with no pretensions toward intellectual stimulation?
A)farce
B)burlesque
C)satire
D)domestic comedy
12
Of the following, which type of comedy is described as a ludicrous imitation of other forms of drama? (The term is also used to describe a type of variety show featuring low comedy skits and attractive women.)
A)farce
B)burlesque
C)satire
D)domestic comedy
13
Of the following, which type of comedy can be described as having more intellectual and moral content than other forms of comedy? This form uses wit, irony, and exaggeration to attack or expose evil and foolishness.
A)farce
B)burlesque
C)satire
D)domestic comedy
14
Of the following, which type of comedy is much like contemporary television situation comedies and is described as dealing with family situations?
A)comedy of ideas
B)comedy of manners
C)satire
D)domestic comedy
15
Of the following, which type of comedy is concerned with pointing out the foibles and peculiarities of the upper classes and relying heavily on witty phrases to create comic moments?
A)comedy of manners
B)burlesque
C)satire
D)domestic comedy
16
Of the following, which type of comedy uses comic techniques to debate intellectual propositions, presenting a particular moral and social point of view?
A)farce
B)comedy of ideas
C)satire
D)domestic comedy
17
Which of the following best describes tragicomedy?
A)plays which shift from comic to serious from scene to scene
B)plays which have a mixed point of view, melding serious and comic perspectives into one "bittersweet" perspective
C)plays which have only one serious scene amidst a comic premise
D)plays which use comic devices except physical humor to present a point
18
The modern playwright of the late 19th / early 20th century who often employed the tragicomic form is...
A)Henrik Ibsen
B)August Stindberg
C)George Bernard Shaw
D)Anton Chekhov
19
The Theatre of the Absurd is a post–World War II form that focused on humanity's sense of alienation and its loss of bearings in an illogical, unjust, and ridiculous world.
A)true
B)false, that describes The Futurist Movement
C)false, that describes The Theatre of the Absurd
D)false, that describes The Avant-garde Theatre
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The three primary characteristics of the Theatre of the Absurd are...
A)illogical plots, language that uses nonsense and non sequitur, and characters that are existential beings
B)cyclical plots, verse language, and stereotypical characters
C)epic plots, sung dialogue, and characters that showcase the working man
D)traditional plot structure, prose language, and characters who are often noble or royal







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