Test Your Knowledge of Play Genres



9 Questions

What is the main difference between comedies and farces?

What is the main focus of restoration comedy?

What is the main characteristic of tragedies?

What is the main focus of historical plays?

What is the main characteristic of musical theatre productions?

What is the main focus of theatre of cruelty?

What is the main focus of theatre of the absurd?

What does the term 'script' refer to?

What do stage directions indicate?


Overview of Different Types of Plays

  • A play is a dramatic work, mostly consisting of dialogue between characters and meant for theatrical performance.
  • Plays can be performed at different levels, from regional theatre to Broadway and West End.
  • There are different genres of plays, including comedy, farce, satire, restoration comedy, tragedy, historical, musical theatre, theatre of cruelty, and theatre of the absurd.
  • Comedies are designed to be humorous, while farces are nonsensical and often have humor. Satire takes a comic look at current events while making a political or social statement.
  • Restoration comedy explores relationships between men and women and was considered risqué in its time.
  • Tragedies have darker themes like death and disaster and often feature a protagonist with a tragic flaw.
  • Historical plays focus on actual historical events, and musical theatre productions have songs and dance to explain the story.
  • Theatre of cruelty originated in the 1940s and aimed to symbolize the subconscious through bodily performances.
  • Theatre of the absurd includes metaphysical representations of existential qualms and questions.
  • The term "play" can refer to a non-musical play, and "script" refers to the written text of the play.
  • A play is usually divided into acts and scenes, and stage directions indicate the manner of delivery of the text and sounds to be produced off-stage.


How well do you know the different types of plays? From comedy to tragedy, historical to musical theatre, and even theatre of the absurd, plays come in many different forms. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the different genres of plays and learn more about the characteristics that set them apart. Whether you're a theatre buff or just looking to expand your cultural knowledge, this quiz is sure to entertain and educate. So, grab a seat and get ready to dive into the world of dramatic literature.

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