The Mime Quiz



9 Questions

What is mime?

When was the practice of mime included in the Inventory of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in France?

Who was the first recorded mime and in which play did he perform?

What other theatrical tradition is analogous to mime in the Japanese culture?

Who are some of the silent film comedians that had a profound influence on mimes working in live theatre?

Who is the most famous mime character created by Marcel Marceau?

What is the Last Butterfly by Michael Jacot about?

What is Heinrich Böll's The Clown about?

What is the difference between early forms of mime and mummer plays and later dumbshows?


History and Formats of Mime

  • Mime is a form of theatrical medium or performance art that involves acting out a story through body gestures without the use of speech.
  • The practice of mime has been included in the Inventory of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in France since 2017.
  • Mime has been performed since ancient times, with the first recorded mime being Telestēs in the play Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus in Ancient Greece.
  • The performance of mime in Rome was an aspect of Roman theatre from its earliest times, paralleling the Atellan farce in its improvisation.
  • Early forms of mime such as mummer plays and later dumbshows evolved in Medieval Europe.
  • Classical Indian musical theatre, the Japanese Noh tradition, and Butoh are analogous to mime in the theatrical traditions of other civilizations.
  • Silent film comedians like Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Buster Keaton had a profound influence on mimes working in live theatre decades after their deaths.
  • Mime has been performed on stage, with Marcel Marceau and his character "Bip" being the most famous.
  • Mime is also a popular art form in street theatre and busking.
  • Contemporary mimes sometimes employ vocal sounds in their performances while refraining from speaking.
  • The Last Butterfly, a novel by Canadian author Michael Jacot, tells the story of a mime artist in Nazi-occupied Europe.
  • Nobel laureate Heinrich Böll's The Clown relates the downfall of a mime artist, Hans Schneir, who has descended into poverty and drunkenness after being abandoned by his beloved.


Test your knowledge on the fascinating history and various formats of mime with this quiz! From its ancient origins in Greece to its inclusion in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of France, explore the evolution of this unique form of performance art. Learn about famous mimes like Marcel Marceau and the silent film comedians who influenced them. Discover how mime has been used in different cultures and traditions, and its relevance in contemporary street theatre and busking. This quiz is perfect for anyone interested in theatre, history,

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