Anticlimax in Literature: Definition & Examples


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In an anticlimax, readers expect to find something of significance and are rewarded with the discovery of something…

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1. Anticlimaxes may be found in…

2. What Greek word was used by Alexander Pope to describe an anticlimax in which authors mean to have their subjects seem important but fail to deliver anything of significance?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Reading over this printable worksheet will help you learn more about anticlimax in literature, which is the revelation of something trivial following the anticipation of something significant. The interactive quiz will test you on things such as where anticlimaxes are found and the effect they may have on readers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The definition of anticlimax
  • Where anticlimaxes in literature are found
  • What is meant by the term 'bathos'
  • The effect that bathos has in literature
  • Why anticlimax is employed by authors

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on anticlimax in literature
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as anticlimax and bathos
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding anticlimax in literature and how it is employed by authors such as H.G. Wells

Additional Learning

To learn more about seemingly paradoxical literary techniques, review the corresponding lesson on anticlimax in literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defines anticlimax
  • Examines why authors employ it as a technique
  • Explores the effects an anticlimax has on the reader
  • Discusses anticlimax using literary examples such as 'Simon Lee: The Old Huntsman'