Comedy Genre: Definition & Characteristics


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Comedy was developed from celebrations dedicated to the Greek god of _________.

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1. Which of these was NOT among the earliest Greco-Roman comedians?

2. Which of these can be identified as a characteristic of comedy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will gauge your understanding of the characteristics of literary comedies. Topics you'll need to know about to pass the quiz include comedy in Greek history, common attributes of comedy, and subgenres of comedy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • What ancient Greek celebrations gave birth to comedy
  • Early Greco-Roman comedians
  • Terms including happy ending, stock situations, everyday speech, and social commentary
  • Subgenres of comedy
  • Types of stock characters

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on characteristics of literary comedies
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the elements of comedy in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding common characteristics of comedy
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the history of comedy

Additional Learning

To learn more about this genre, review the accompanying lesson on Characteristics of Literary Comedies. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the history of comedy
  • Discuss common characteristics of literary comedy
  • Understand why comedy often uses stock characters and colloquial speech