Is Hamlet a Tragedy? - Plot & Genre


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Which one of the following was the first to propose a theory of tragedy?

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1. English revenge tragedy blended elements of tragedy from which of the following two cultures?

2. The popularity of revenge tragedies in Shakespeare's time started with what play?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet examines Hamlet from the angles of plot and genre, giving you the chance to make sure you've retained related information. You'll be tested on the characteristics of Hamlet's genre while also applying your understanding to the play itself.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz/worksheet you'll face questions on:

  • Who first theorized the genre of tragedy
  • English revenge tragedy
  • The play that sparked the popularity of revenge tragedies
  • Conventions of revenge tragedy in Hamlet
  • The setting of Hamlet

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - ensure that you can differentiate between conventions of revenge tragedy that do and don't appear in Hamlet
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you've drawn important information from the lesson on revenge tragedies
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding who first theorized the genre of tragedy as well as the setting of Hamlet

Additional Learning

To learn more about Shakespeare's Hamlet and the genre of tragedy, you can look into the accompanying lesson titled Is Hamlet a Tragedy? - Plot & Genre. This lesson goes over the following objectives:

  • Distinguish Shakespearian tragedy from traditional tragedy
  • Describe drama
  • Define genre
  • Familiarize yourself with the subgenre of Senecan tragedy