Best Trivia Quiz On Drama Skills

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Best Trivia Quiz On Drama Skills

Ms. Sieg's final exam review for the 2008-2009 Advanced Drama Class at Miami Springs Senior High School. The exam covers the "Varieties of Drama" and "History of Drama" chapters in the "The Stage & the School" textbook.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    __________ are sober plays that are based on human emotions that do not change with time.
  • 2. 
    A __________ is the main character that must struggle with an opposing force.
  • 3. 
    __________ is the quality of drama that arouses feelings of compassion.
  • 4. 
    __________, an ancient Greek philosopher, wrote a description of tragedy in the Poetics. 
  • 5. 
    Aristotle explained that the main character's downfall is brought about by __________, a character weakness or an error in judgement.
  • 6. 
    In __________, the protagonist overcomes opposing forces in a humorous way. The humor is provided by one or several of the seven causes of laughter.
  • 7. 
    __________, which can take the form of overstatement or understatement, is the most noticeable characteristic of comedy.
  • 8. 
    Looking forward to a potential laugh is called __________.
  • 9. 
    Anticipation is achieved by using the technique of the __________, which includes the plant and the clinch.
  • 10. 
    The situations and characters in __________ are usually outlandish and exaggerated.
  • 11. 
    __________ is based on implausible coincidences and often includes screen scenes, in which actors hide from other actors onstage.
  • 12. 
    __________ is a mockery of a broad topic, such as a societal view, and requires prior knowledge of the subject being mocked.
  • 13. 
    __________ is a mockery of a certain person or work.
  • 14. 
    A __________, or exaggearated feature of the subject, is often used in parody.
  • 15. 
    Intellectual humor, which relies on witty dialogue not physical action, makes up __________.
  • 16. 
    In a __________, also called a drawing room comedy, the pretenses of the upper class are mocked using puns, paradoxes, epigrams, and ironies.
  • 17. 
    __________, like parody and burlesque, ridicules societal views or an individual's views.However, with this type of comedy, the motivation is to bring about change.
  • 18. 
    __________ is set in a make-believe land that is inhabited by unreal characters, such as spirits, witches, and flawless heroes.
  • 19. 
    Written in the style of __________, romantic comedies focus on love affairs between characters that are too good to be true.
  • 20. 
    Although based on the structure of tragedy, __________ lacks the sense of inevitabilty that is necessary in tragedy. In this form of drama, good always triumphs.
  • 21. 
    A __________, also called a problem play, deals with a social problem. The playwright usually presents a solution to the problem discussed, or at least points the characters in the right direction
  • 22. 
    In __________ the playwright battled the complexities of the human psyche and personal relationships.
  • 23. 
    __________ teaches moral concepts through characters who personify abstract qualities, such as truth, love, and death.
  • 24. 
    __________ is drama written, designed, and performed for children.
  • 25. 
    Puppet use is not limited to children's television or theatre. Puppets are used in Andrei Serban's __________ to create powerful adult theater.