What Is the Peanut Gallery? - Meaning & Origin


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Originally, vaudeville was a form of entertainment for _____.

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1. The cheapest section in a vaudeville theater was called the 'peanut gallery' because _____.

2. Which of the following words best describes the type of people who sat in the peanut gallery?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions within this quiz/worksheet touch on key historical details of peanut gallery etymology as well as its present day application, making for a fast and effective way to measure your knowledge of the subject.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Takers of this quiz/worksheet will be tested on:

  • Vaudeville
  • The origin of the term 'peanut gallery'
  • Typical occupants of peanut gallery seating
  • Contemporary use of the phrase 'peanut gallery'

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - ensure that you can differentiate between statements that do and do not apply to vaudeville
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately describe the modern-day meaning of 'peanut gallery'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the history of vaudeville and peanut gallery etymology

Additional Learning

To learn more about the history of this phrase, read through the accompanying lesson: What is the Peanut Gallery? - Meaning and Origin. This lesson provides the information needed to meet these learning objectives:

  • Familiarize yourself with the theatrical contents of vaudeville
  • Know when the phrase of 'peanut gallery' was first used
  • Connect the history of the 'peanut gallery' term to how it is used present-day