Absurdity in Literature: Definition & Concept


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Which of the following statements is true?

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1. Choose the correct definition for 'avant-garde:'

2. What describes a hallmark of existential thought?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Alice in Wonderland is often cited as the start of a movement in literature where nonsense and practicality seemed to switch. Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of absurd literature.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Key terms, such as 'nonsensical,' 'absurd' and 'avant-garde'
  • Crucial pieces of absurd literature
  • Significant authors of absurd literature
  • Hallmarks of existentialism
  • Themes of absurdity

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about nonsensical literature
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, such as what avant-garde is
  • Making connections - correlate your knowledge of canon literature with what you've learned about absurdity to gain insights to crucial themes
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about nonsensical literature and themes of meaninglessness

Additional Learning

To learn more about absurd literature, review the accompanying lesson called Absurdity in Literature: Definition, Lesson & Quiz. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defines key terms crucial to the themes of nonsensical literature
  • Explains the cultural influences on absurd philosophy
  • Details major works of absurd literature
  • Lists critical absurd authors