The Tragic Hero MS. Hall Review

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Quiz on the basic elements of drama. Separate all multiple fill-in-the-blank answers with spaces, not commas.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    In general, tragedy involves what?

    • A.

      Hilarious but ridiculous comedy

    • B.

      The ruin of the leading characters

    • C.

      Critisisms of social, economic, or political problems

    • D.

      A happy ending where justice is served

    Correct Answer
    B. The ruin of the leading characters
    Explanation
    Tragedy typically involves the downfall or ruin of the main characters. Tragic stories often focus on the suffering, loss, and misfortune experienced by the protagonists. This can include their emotional, moral, or physical destruction. Tragedies explore the darker aspects of human existence and often evoke feelings of pity and fear in the audience. The ruin of the leading characters is a key element in tragic narratives, highlighting the consequences of their actions or circumstances.

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  • 2. 

    The climax or crisis of a plot would best be represented as which point on the pyramid?

    • A.

      Z

    • B.

      Y

    • C.

      X

    • D.

      W

    • E.

      V

    Correct Answer
    C. X
    Explanation
    The climax or crisis of a plot is the point of highest tension or conflict in a story. It is the turning point where the protagonist faces a major obstacle or makes a critical decision. In a plot pyramid, the climax is typically represented as the peak or highest point, which is symbolized by the letter X in this case. This is where the story reaches its most intense and pivotal moment before gradually resolving towards the end.

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  • 3. 

    The rising action of a plot is represented by:

    • A.

      Z

    • B.

      Y

    • C.

      X

    • D.

      W

    • E.

      V

    Correct Answer
    B. Y
    Explanation
    The rising action of a plot refers to the events and conflicts that build up the story and lead to the climax. In this case, "Y" represents the rising action because it is the next element in the sequence after "Z", "X", "W", and "V". It suggests that the events and conflicts are increasing in intensity, leading towards the climax of the plot.

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  • 4. 

    The exposition or inciting moment is best represented by:

    • A.

      Z

    • B.

      Y

    • C.

      X

    • D.

      W

    • E.

      V

    • F.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    A. Z
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Z because the exposition or inciting moment is the part of a story where the main conflict or problem is introduced. In this case, Z is the first option listed, indicating that it is the beginning or starting point of the story.

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  • 5. 

    The falling action is best represented by:

    • A.

      Z

    • B.

      Y

    • C.

      X

    • D.

      W

    • E.

      V

    • F.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    A. Z
    Explanation
    The falling action refers to the part of a story where the conflicts and complications start to resolve and the story moves towards its conclusion. In this case, since Z is listed as the best representation of the falling action, it can be inferred that Z is the part of the story where the conflicts are being resolved and the story is heading towards its conclusion.

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  • 6. 

    Conflict is an element of ________________.

    • A.

      Setting

    • B.

      Plot

    • C.

      Dialogue

    • D.

      Point of View

    • E.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    B. Plot
    Explanation
    Conflict is an essential element of plot. In a story, conflict refers to the struggle or problem that the protagonist faces. It drives the plot forward and creates tension and suspense. Conflict can take various forms, such as internal conflicts within a character or external conflicts between characters or forces. It is through the resolution of these conflicts that the plot develops and reaches its climax. Therefore, plot and conflict are closely intertwined, making plot the correct answer in this case.

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  • 7. 

    Dramatic Irony is.....

    • A.

      A contrast between what the audience perceives and what a character does not know

    • B.

      A contrast between what is expected and what really happens

    • C.

      A humorous character introduced to relieve the seriousness or emotional intensity of the play

    • D.

      A hero who has a weakness of personality which causes him or her to make unfortunate choices

    • E.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    A. A contrast between what the audience perceives and what a character does not know
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a contrast between what the audience perceives and what a character does not know. This refers to a situation in which the audience knows something that the character(s) in the story are unaware of, creating tension and often leading to dramatic or comedic effects.

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  • 8. 

    What is a Soliloquy (Pronounced: SOH-li-loh-kwee)

    • A.

      A long, uninterrupted speech presented in front of other characters

    • B.

      A story told through characters played by actors

    • C.

      A drama with a happy ending; a lighthearted or humorous work

    • D.

      A speech in which a character is alone or believes he is alone on stage and expresses thoughts out

    • E.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    D. A speech in which a character is alone or believes he is alone on stage and expresses thoughts out
    Explanation
    A soliloquy is a speech in which a character is alone or believes he is alone on stage and expresses thoughts out. This means that the character is speaking their thoughts aloud, usually to themselves or to the audience, without any other characters present or aware of what they are saying. It is a way for the character to reveal their innermost thoughts, feelings, and motivations to the audience, providing insight into their character and driving the plot forward.

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  • 9. 

    What is an Aside?

    • A.

      A fourteen-line lyric poem, usually written in iambic pentameter, that has one of several rhyme schemes

    • B.

      Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme

    • C.

      The humorous use of a word or phrase to suggest two or more meanings at the same time

    • D.

      Words spoken by a character in a play, usually in an undertone or to the audience

    • E.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    D. Words spoken by a character in a play, usually in an undertone or to the audience
    Explanation
    An Aside refers to words spoken by a character in a play, usually in an undertone or directly to the audience. It is a theatrical technique used to provide additional information or insight into a character's thoughts, feelings, or intentions. Asides allow the character to break the fourth wall and address the audience directly, without being heard by other characters on stage. This helps to create a sense of intimacy and involvement for the audience, as they are given privileged access to the character's inner thoughts.

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  • 10. 

    What is a Tragic Flaw?

    • A.

      A contrast between what the audience perceives and what a character does not know

    • B.

      The weakness in character which causes the downfall of a tragic hero

    • C.

      A humorous character introduced to relieve the seriousness or emotional intensity of the pla

    • D.

      A hero who has a weakness of personality which causes him or her to make unfortunate choices

    • E.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    B. The weakness in character which causes the downfall of a tragic hero
    Explanation
    A tragic flaw refers to the weakness in character that leads to the downfall of a tragic hero. This flaw is a personality trait that causes the hero to make unfortunate choices, ultimately leading to their own demise. It is this flaw that creates the tragic conflict and drives the narrative of a tragic play or story.

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  • 11. 

    What is a Tragic Hero?

    • A.

      A hero who has a weakness of personality which causes him or her to make unfortunate choices

    • B.

      A humorous character introduced to relieve the seriousness or emotional intensity of the play

    • C.

      a contrast between what the audience perceives and what a character does not know

    • D.

      the weakness in character which causes the downfall of a tragic hero

    • E.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    A. A hero who has a weakness of personality which causes him or her to make unfortunate choices
    Explanation
    A tragic hero is a character who possesses a flaw or weakness in their personality that leads them to make unfortunate choices. This flaw ultimately leads to their downfall or tragic ending. This definition aligns with the given correct answer option.

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  • 12. 

    What is a Drama?

    • A.

      A speech in which a character is alone or believes he is alone on stage and expresses thoughts out l

    • B.

      A story told through characters played by actors

    • C.

      A long, uninterrupted speech presented in front of other characters

    • D.

      A drama with a happy ending; a lighthearted or humorous work

    • E.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    B. A story told through characters played by actors
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a story told through characters played by actors." A drama is a form of literature or performance that tells a story through the portrayal of characters by actors. It involves dialogue, actions, and emotions to convey the narrative and engage the audience. This definition captures the essence of what a drama is and distinguishes it from other options, such as a monologue or a comedy.

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  • 13. 

    ____________: the final event in a drama (a death in a tragedy or a marriage in a comedy)

    • A.

      Tragic Flaw

    • B.

      Catastrophe

    • C.

      Situational Irony

    • D.

      Tragic Hero

    • E.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    B. Catastrophe
    Explanation
    A catastrophe refers to the final event in a drama, particularly in tragedies. It often involves a significant and disastrous event that brings about a sudden and dramatic change in the story. This event can be the death of a character or a major calamity that leads to the downfall or destruction of the protagonist and other characters. It is a crucial element in tragedies as it marks the climax and resolution of the story, highlighting the consequences of the tragic flaw or the unfavorable circumstances faced by the characters.

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  • 14. 

    Which pair of words can be used interchangeably?

    • A.

      Protagonist/hero

    • B.

      All

    • C.

      None

    • D.

      Antagonist/villain

    • E.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    B. All
    Explanation
    The pair of words "protagonist/hero" and "antagonist/villain" can be used interchangeably. In literature or storytelling, the protagonist is the main character or the hero, while the antagonist is the character who opposes or acts as the villain. Therefore, both pairs of words can be used to describe the main character and the opposing character in a story.

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  • 15. 

    Aristotle said that we watch tragedy to evoke feelings of fear and pity that lead to ____.

    • A.

      Self-knowledge

    • B.

      Resolution

    • C.

      Catharsis

    • D.

      Poetic justice

    • E.

      I don't knnow

    Correct Answer
    C. Catharsis
    Explanation
    Aristotle believed that watching tragedy allows us to experience intense emotions of fear and pity, which in turn lead to catharsis. Catharsis refers to the purification or purging of these emotions, providing a release and a sense of emotional relief. Through this process, individuals can gain self-knowledge and achieve a resolution or sense of closure. It is through catharsis that tragedy serves its purpose in helping individuals understand and navigate their own emotions and experiences.

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  • 16. 

    A tragic hero must be a man of nobility and status, but his _______ must be average

    • A.

      Tragic flaw

    • B.

      Intelligence

    • C.

      Fortunes

    • D.

      Vices and virtues

    • E.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    D. Vices and virtues
    Explanation
    A tragic hero must be a man of nobility and status, but his vices and virtues must be average. This means that the tragic hero should possess both positive and negative qualities, but they should not be exceptional or extreme. The presence of vices and virtues in the tragic hero makes them relatable and human, as they struggle with their flaws and make mistakes that ultimately lead to their downfall. Having average vices and virtues adds depth and complexity to the character, making their tragic journey more compelling and impactful.

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  • 17. 

    What is Peripeteia?

    • A.

      When the hero experiences a reversal of fate

    • B.

      When the hero experiences an increase of fate

    • C.

      When the hero experiences an unexpected reward

    • D.

      When the hero experiences an expected change in events

    • E.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    A. When the hero experiences a reversal of fate
    Explanation
    Peripeteia refers to a sudden reversal of fortune or fate experienced by the hero. It is a crucial element in storytelling, particularly in tragedies, where the protagonist's circumstances take an unexpected turn for the worse. This reversal often leads to a shift in the plot and brings about a change in the hero's situation, creating tension and conflict in the narrative.

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  • 18. 

    What is Nemesis?

    • A.

      An unavoidable situation the hero is in which is related to catharsis

    • B.

      An avoidable situation the hero is in which is related to hubris

    • C.

      An unavoidable situation the hero is in which is related to hubris

    • D.

      An avoidable situation the hero is in which is related to catharsis

    • E.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    C. An unavoidable situation the hero is in which is related to hubris
    Explanation
    This answer is correct because Nemesis refers to an unavoidable situation that the hero is in, which is related to hubris. Hubris refers to excessive pride or arrogance, often leading to the downfall of the hero in Greek tragedies. In this context, Nemesis represents the retribution or punishment that the hero faces as a result of their hubris.

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  • 19. 

    What is Anagnorsis?

    • A.

      When the hero makes an important discovery

    • B.

      When the hero makes an unimportant discovery

    • C.

      When the hero makes a startling discovery

    • D.

      When the hero makes a horrific discovery

    • E.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    A. When the hero makes an important discovery
    Explanation
    Anagnorsis refers to the moment when the hero in a story or play makes a significant and crucial discovery. This discovery often leads to a turning point in the plot and deepens the understanding of the hero's situation or the overall narrative. It is not just any discovery, but specifically an important one that has a profound impact on the story.

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  • 20. 

    What is Hubris?

    • A.

      When the hero respects the natural order and gains wisdom about life

    • B.

      When the hero contemplates the natural order and because of curiosity gets into trouble

    • C.

      When the hero disrespects the natural order because of his or her own pride.

    • D.

      When the hero ignores the natural order and because of arrogance laughs at fate

    • E.

      I don't know

    Correct Answer
    C. When the hero disrespects the natural order because of his or her own pride.
    Explanation
    Hubris refers to a tragic flaw in a hero's character where they display excessive pride and arrogance. This leads them to disrespect the natural order and act in a way that goes against it. By thinking they are above the laws of nature, the hero often brings about their own downfall. This explanation aligns with the given answer choice that states "When the hero disrespects the natural order because of his or her own pride."

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