Greek Tragedy: Definition, Characteristics & Plays


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When were plays first staged in Greece?

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1. Why was Aeschylus considered an influential writer of Greek tragedy?

2. Which of the following was NOT one of Sophocles's contributions to the tragedy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Greek tragedy is a very influential form of theater, and this quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of its history. You will be assessed on your ability to identify historic Greek playwrights and their contributions to theater.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your knowledge of:

  • First plays staged in Greece
  • Aeschylus' contributions to tragedy
  • Influence of Sophocles on tragedies
  • Order of the great Greek tragedy playwrights

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related world history lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify important playwrights, such as Aeschylus and Euripides
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the first plays staged in Greece
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Greek tragedy

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Greek Tragedy: Definition, Characteristics & Plays. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the first playwright
  • Recognize the meaning of 'deux ex machina'
  • Understand the history of Greek theater
  • Learn about the cultural impact of tragedy
  • Know important authors and texts