← AP Drama Terms Test
5 Written Questions
5 Matching Questions
- romantic style
- morality play
- a a type of allegorical drama (fifteenth century) making a moral or religious point, in which characters represented human virtues and vice such as greed, honor, purity, lust.
- b an extremely pessimistic form of realism suggesting individuals are victims of internal and external forces beyond their control (individual is unimportant, no just or loving god, no free will)
- c type of theatre style that appeals to he emotions with no restraint on time and setting
- d quality in drama, speech, literature, music, or events that arouses a feeling of pity or sadness
- e in drama, a character speaks alone on stage to allow his/her thoughts and ideas to be conveyed to the audience
5 Multiple Choice Questions
- An amusing scene, incident, or speech introduced into serious or tragic elements, as in a play, in order to provide temporary relief from tension, or to intensify the dramatic action.
- a company of actors who comment (by speaking or singing in unison) on the action in a classical Greek play
- The specific instructions a playwright includes concerning sets, characterization, delivery, etc.
- a movement of modern theatre in which traditional elements of plot are overturned in a deliberate effort to mirror the chaos and unpredictability of the modern world. known as theatre of the absurd (reaction to the World Wars, life doesn't make any sense, life is meaningless)
- A literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy
5 True/False Questions
parallel plot → secondary story line that mimics and reinforces the main plot
realism → a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
subplot → a secondary situation and conflict less important than the main plot of the story which adds complexity to the story
deus ex machina → A god who resolves the entanglements of a play by supernatural intervention. The Latin phrase means, literally, "a god from the machine." The phrase refers to the use of artificial means to resolve the plot of a play.
expressionism → A style that shows the audience the action of the play through the mind of one character. Instead of seeing photographic reality, the audience sees the character's own emotions and point of view. Full of distortion, exaggeration, or caricature.