What is Catharsis? - Definition, Examples & History in Literature and Drama


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Aristotle defines tragedy as all of these, EXCEPT:

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1. The plays 'Oedipus the King' and 'Romeo and Juliet' are examples of catharsis through _____.

2. Why does the cathartic novel 'The Catcher in the Rye' by J.D. Salinger appeal to high school students?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The topics on this quiz/worksheet combo include examples of catharsis in famous novels and plays and the definition of catharsis. All of the questions are multiple-choice, and the quiz is scored immediately.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how well you understand the following with this quiz and worksheet:

  • Tragedy, as defined by Aristotle
  • Catharsis in Oedipus the King and Romeo and Juliet
  • Catharsis in The Catcher in the Rye
  • Catharsis regarding the literary movement of Romanticism
  • The definition of catharsis

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on catharsis in literature and drama
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of catharsis to analyze how it occurs in various famous works
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the types of catharsis
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what catharsis is

Additional Learning

Be sure to review the accompanying lesson titled What is Catharsis? - Definition, Examples & History in Literature and Drama. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how catharsis makes us feel
  • Explore examples of catharsis in various books and plays
  • Examine the movement of Romanticism and link it to catharsis