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What Are You Laughing At Quiz

A quiz on various types of humour and comedy 20 Questions.

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What type of humour is a fall from the sublime to the commonplace, an anti-climax or a performance absurdly unequal to the occasion called?

  • Double entendre
  • Innuendo
  • Lampoon
  • Bathos

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What type of humour is a bitter or wounding remark, taunt, especially one ironically worded?

  • Sarcasm
  • Pantagruelism
  • Jaundice
  • Hyperbole

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What type of humour is an imitation, caricature or mock-seriousness for the purposes of deriding or amusing called?

  • Pun
  • Metonymy
  • Sketch
  • Burlesque

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What type of humour is a dramatic work merely meant to cause laughter often by presenting ludicrously improbable events called?

  • Circus
  • Farce
  • Bazaar
  • Comedia Dell'Arte

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What figure of speech is an exaggerated statement not meant to be taken literally called?

  • Meiosos
  • Metaphor
  • Hyperbole
  • Extravaganza

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What is an ironical understatement, especially expressing of an affirmative by the negative of its contrary called (eg 'Not bad' meaning 'good')?

  • Hypallage
  • Litotes
  • Malapropism
  • Folly

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What is the expression of meaning through the use of language signifying the opposite, typically for humorous effect known as?

  • Oxymoron
  • Euphemism
  • Irony
  • Onomatopoeia

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What is a short, usually one-scene play or act, often of a comic kind called?

  • Sketch
  • Hysteron
  • Drama
  • Picaroon

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What type of comedy is a bout of boisterous, knockabout clumsiness?

  • Trope
  • Schadenfreude
  • Zeugma
  • Slapstick

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What is a comic, humorous personal story that may be embellished for extra laughs?

  • Anecdote
  • Antidote
  • Wanderlust
  • Epigram

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From the Dutch word meaning "imp", what term means a capricious or eccentric humour?

  • Toilet
  • Dark
  • Droll
  • Sophomoric

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What is the humorous use of a word to suggest different meanings, or of words of same or similar sound with different meanings called?

  • Pun
  • Palindrome
  • Phoneme
  • Semanteme

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What type of humour mocks human weakness or aspects of society?

  • Screwball
  • Satire
  • Stand-up comedy
  • Gallows humour

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What is a funny statement, that sometimes just pops out from the unconscious called?

  • A Freudian slip
  • A tongue-twister
  • A backstab
  • A practical joke

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What word describes a witty conversation, humorous ridicule or a conversation that is not meant to be taken seriously?

  • Badinage
  • Barter
  • Bawdy
  • Chit-chat

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What term describes the habit of dealing with serious matters in a spirit of good and sometimes cynical good humour?

  • Panegyric
  • Picaresque
  • Pantechnicon
  • Pantagruelism

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What is defined as a piece created to mock, comment on, or poke fun at an original work, it's subject or author by means of humorous or satiric imitation?

  • Travesty
  • Melodrama
  • Parody
  • Sitcom

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What is an accidental or deliberate transposition of the initial letters of two or more words called (eg "You have hissed my mistory lectures")?

  • Spoonerism
  • Solecism
  • Syllepsis
  • Synecdoche

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Exemplified by serial buffoon Mr. Bean, what describes a character or comedian making foolish mistakes which seem amusing to others?

  • Blunder comedy
  • Beano comedy
  • Blackpool comedy
  • Bungler comedy

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What is a sketch or drawing, usually humorous, symbolising, satirising or caricaturing some action, subject or person of popular interest called?

  • Cartograph
  • Carte Blanche
  • Cartoon
  • Caption