5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- Theater of the absurd
- Romantic Comedy
- High Comedy
- a A form of comic drama in which the plot focuses on one or more pairs of young lovers who overcome difficulties to achieve a happy ending (usually marraige).
- b The minstrels of the late Middle Ages. Originally, they were lyric poets living in southern France and northern Italy who sang to aristocratic audiences mostly of chivalry and love.
- c A comic genre evoking so-called intellectual or thoughful laughter from an audience that remains emotionally detached from the play's depiction of the folly, pretense, and incongruity of human behavior.
- d Post WWII European genre depicting the grotesquely comic plight of human beings thrown by accident into an irrational and meaningless world. Ex. Samuel Beckett's "Wairing for Godot". ("A play about nothing" Jerry Seinfeld would say. LOL)
- e personae; the source of our word person, "a thing through which sound comes"
5 Multiple choice questions
- type of Greek comic play that was one of the four parts of the traditional tetralogy; subject matter treated in burlesque, drawn from myth or the epic cycles
- Originally, any drama accompanied by music used to enhance mood or emotion. By the nineteenth century, it became highly stereotypical and favored sensational plots over realistic characters. Characters are stock characters, usually either highly virtuous or villainous, and plots are generally sensational and improbable. Virtue inevitably triumphs over villainy. The term is used today almost exclusively as a pejorative.
- arena theater
- katharsis; feeling of relief of pent-up emotions
- A comic style arousing laughter through jokes, slapstick humor, sight gags, and boisterous clowning. Little intellectual appeal.
5 True/False questions
stage business → nonverbal action that engages the attention of an audience
Commedia dell'arte → A realistic form of comic drama that flourished with seventeenh-century playwrights. Deals with the social relations and sexual intrigues of sophicsticated, intelligent, upper-class men and women, whose verbal fencing and witty repartee produce the prinicipal comic effects. Stereo-typed characters from contemporary life.
Satiric comedy → A kind of farce, featuring pratfalls, pie throwing, fisticuffs, and other violent action. It takes its name originally from the slapstick carried by the main servant type.
Character revelation ways → direct description, revelation by other characters, self-revelation
Plot construction ways → exposition, foreshadowing, theme, symbolism, suspense, rising action, climax, denouement, falling action