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Comedy Movies Quiz

Tests comprehension and vocabulary from EnglishClub's Comedy Movies History and Vocabulary page. You can do this quiz online or print it on paper.

1. A comedy is a movie that features _______ characters and scenes.

tragic
comical
dramatic
a) tragic b) comical c) dramatic

2. In his early silent movies, Charlie Chaplin used a form of visual comedy called

screwball
goofball
slapstick
a) screwball b) goofball c) slapstick

3. What do we call a clever and witty way of talking that was often used in screwball comedies?

farce
satire
banter
a) farce b) satire c) banter

4. Movies that find something funny in things like war, illness and death can be called

black comedies
romantic comedies
gross-out comedies
a) black comedies b) romantic comedies c) gross-out comedies

5. In goofball comedies like Dumb and Dumber, we laugh when characters do and say very _______ things.

clever
stupid
mean
a) clever b) stupid c) mean

6. What can we call a comedy in which characters face ridiculous or unlikely situations?

a farce
a mockumentary
a spoof
a) a farce b) a mockumentary c) a spoof

7. A political satire is a film that uses comedy to _______ politics and politicians.

keep up with
get out of
make fun of
a) keep up with b) get out of c) make fun of

8. Which type of comedy are the Naked Gun films that poke fun at detective movies?

spoofs
capers
gags
a) spoofs b) capers c) gags

9. What is the usual abbreviation of "romantic comedy"?

RC
rom com
roman come
a) RC b) rom com c) roman come

10. What do we call comedies that spoof films showing real people in the real world?

comic realism
mockumentary
docudemy
a) comic realism b) mockumentary c) docudemy

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