Theater of the Absurd: Definition & Characteristics


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Theater of the Absurd refers to:

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1. Theater of the Absurd was popular as a literary movement during:

2. Which of the following is considered to be a founding work in Theater of the Absurd?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Students can use the quiz/worksheet to challenge themselves on the Theater of the Absurd. They will be asked questions on the history of the movement and the key people and works of literature that made it possible.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To succeed on this combination quiz and worksheet, students will need to familiarize themselves with the following:

  • The definition of Theater of the Absurd
  • The timeframe in which the movement took place
  • The founding works of the movement
  • The authors who shaped Theater of the Absurd
  • The definition of existential humor

Skills Practiced

Those who take the quiz and worksheet will be developing these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - read and pull the most critical information from the related lesson on Theater of the Absurd
  • Defining key concepts - define terms such as existential humor
  • Information recall - use acquired knowledge of the people and texts that shaped Theater of the Absurd
  • Knowledge application - answer questions about the history and timeframe of Theater of the Absurd using prior knowledge

Additional Learning

For more on this subject, students can take a look at the accompanying lesson on Theater of the Absurd: Definition & Characteristics. It will help students meet these educational objectives:

  • Define Theater of the Absurd
  • Identify Albert Camus and his role in Theater of the Absurd
  • Identify the important authors and works that shaped the time period
  • Understand characteristics of Theater of the Absurd
  • Define existential humor and identify its role in Theater of the Absurd