Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern


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What sort of story has a plot that relies on human suffering?

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1. What is catharsis?

2. According to Aristotle, which of the following is essential for a good plot?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of tragedy in drama. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding what a tragedy is and the definition of catharsis.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • A plot with human suffering
  • Definition of catharsis
  • Aristotle's view on tragedy
  • Evolution of the tragic hero
  • The catastrophe in Oedipus

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases and terms, such as catastrophe catharsis
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the changing view of the tragic hero over time and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the most important part of a tragedy

Additional Learning

To learn more about what draws an audience read Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand the origins of the tragedy used in drama
  • Understand the Bourgeois tragedy
  • Describe the characteristics of a tragedy according to Aristotle
  • Identify the stages a hero can go through in a tragedy
  • Define the tragic flaw