Theatre of the Absurd


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Which of the following is NOT an existentialist idea?

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1. What was the connection between World War II and the Theatre of the Absurd?

2. Which of the following playwrights penned Waiting for Godot?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of the Theatre of the Absurd and WWII. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the play Waiting for Godot.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Main existential ideas
  • Catalyst for the Theatre of the Absurd
  • Characteristics of the style/genre

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the Theatre of the Absurd and WWII
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the reasons Vladimir and Estragon are waiting for Godot
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the use of meaningless dialogue

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson on the Theatre of the Absurd and WWII. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define existentialism
  • Know the purpose and origin of the Theatre of the Absurd
  • Understand the chief characteristics of Absurdist theatre
  • Recognize the themes and meaning of the play Waiting for Godot