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Minstrel Show: Definition & History

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What is a minstrel show?

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1. Name three famous African-American performers who got their start doing minstrel shows.

2. How did the Civil War have an impact on minstrel shows?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Minstrel shows developed in the early 19th century and saw a surge of popularity in the later part of the century, but their relevance carried on through the 20th century. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the culture that created and prolonged the existence of minstrel shows.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • What minstrel shows were
  • Famous minstrel performers
  • How major cultural events shaped minstrel shows
  • The time periods relevant to the origins and popularity of minstrel shows

Skills Practiced

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

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding minstrel shows and race relations in 19th and 20th century America
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about trends in minstrel shows
  • Making connections - correlate historical events with the popularity of minstrel shows
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, such as what a minstrel show is

Additional Learning

To learn more about minstrel shows in America and the culture that created them, review the accompanying lesson called Minstrel Show: Definition & History. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explains the social climate toward race in 19th and 20th century America
  • Covers the impact of major events on minstrel shows
  • Covers famous minstrel performers
  • Details the trends of minstrel shows
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