Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s


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What marked the beginning of the period of Restoration comedies in English theatrical history?

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1. Which of the following was NOT a major trait of Restoration comedy?

2. Why is Aphra Behn notable?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

When did Restoration comedies begin and what are some of the more well-known plays from this period? These are among the topics you will need to know in order to successfully answer the questions posed in this quiz/worksheet combo.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The event that marked the beginning of the Restoration comedy period in England
  • A trait or traits of Restoration comedy
  • Who Aphra Behn was
  • The term used for womanizing male protagonists found in Restoration comedies
  • The title of a popular and vulgar example of Restoration comedy written by William Wycherley

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding how Restoration comedy transformed the English arts
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what led to the start of the Restoration comedy period
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the names of playwrights of this era and details about specific Restoration comedy plays

Additional Learning

To learn more about this historical period, review the accompanying lesson called Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Note the event that began the period of Restoration comedy
  • Describe the characteristics of a Restoration comedy
  • List and explain how Restoration comedy sparked changes in the English arts
  • Identify famous playwrights and their most well-known plays of this era
  • Provide summaries of two famous Restoration comedies