What Is Graffiti? - Definition, History & Types


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The word graffiti comes from...

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1. The first graffiti can be traced to...

2. Which of the following is NOT a purpose of graffiti?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Graffiti is an ancient art form that can reveal the life experiences of its artist, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help test your knowledge of the history and types of graffiti.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following graffiti types and historical details:

  • First modern American graffiti artist
  • Definition of a 'tag'
  • Origin of the word graffiti
  • Time period to which first graffiti is traced
  • Non purpose of graffiti

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension ensure that you draw the most important information from the related graffiti lesson
  • Making connections use understanding of graffiti to consider it as an art form and means of communication
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the ancient history of graffiti

Additional Skills

To learn more about the art form of graffiti, review the corresponding lesson on Graffiti History & Types. The lesson addresses the following objectives:

  • Define graffiti
  • Explain graffiti's ancient beginning
  • Discuss the modern era of graffiti
  • Reveal how life experiences influenced the art of graffiti artists
  • Explain Cornbread and Kenneth Haring's contributions to graffiti as an art form