Bathos: Definition & Examples


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The literary term bathos describes the anticipation of significance in literature that is resolved in…

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1. The Greek word bathos originally meant…

2. Who was the first person to use 'bathos' in reference to literature?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The literary term bathos can be used in multiple ways. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the word's history, origins, and implications.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definitions and effects of, as well as literary influences of:

  • Bathos
  • Linguistic Greek origins
  • Alexander Pope
  • Jane Austen

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on bathos and its connotations
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the different ways bathos is used by authors, such as humorously and critically
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding bathos and interpret it correctly
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of bathos in different contexts

Additional Learning

To learn more about bathos, review the accompanying lesson on bathos and how to identify it. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define bathos and understand the different effects and intentions it may hold
  • Understand Alexander Pope's contribution to the origins of bathos
  • Differentiate between how bathos is used by an author and may be reacted to by a reader
  • Understand how the term bathos can apply to both literary and non-literary situations