Dramatic Farce: History, Examples and Playwrights


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How is the Latin word farcire defined?

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1. Why are The Three Stooges shorts good examples of modern farce?

2. In Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest, who is actually Ernest?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You may or may not know how a playwright goes about trying to make his audience laugh, but these assessments help you take a look behind the scenes. You'll be tested on key vocabulary terms concerning dramatic farce as well as some examples that include The Three Stooges and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to review:

  • Meaning of the Latin word 'farcire'
  • Examples of modern farce
  • Farcical elements
  • Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

Skills Practiced

With these assessments, you'll practice these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you can draw out the most important information from the related lesson on the characteristics of a dramatic farce
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as farce and other forms of dramatic comedy
  • Information recall - use your knowledge to answer questions about the details in The Importance of Being Earnest

Additional Learning

To find out more about dramatic farce, look over the complementary lesson entitled, Dramatic Farce: History, Examples and Playwrights. The lesson discusses the following objectives:

  • The plot of a farce
  • History of dramatic farce
  • The use of low comedy and base characters
  • What Charley's Aunt, Tartuffe, and Comedy of Errors have in common
  • Analysis of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest