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Tragedy in Literature: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

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What is a tragedy in literature?

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1. All are characteristics of literary tragedy except

2. Catharsis is necessary in a tragedy because

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Literary tragedy is popular in fiction, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the form. You will be tested on the defining characteristics of a tragedy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Definition of tragedy in literature
  • Examples and characteristics of tragic literature
  • Importance of catharsis

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding tragic literature and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify important texts, such as 'Romeo and Juliet'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding catharsis in tragic literature

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson called Tragedy in Literature: Definition, Characteristics & Examples . This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the characteristics and themes of literary tragedy
  • Identify and interpret examples
  • Understand how the form has changed over time
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