Chapter 5. Writing About Drama
Unit 1: What is Drama?
After completing the practice exercises, answer the following questions to see how well you know the key terms.
a.speech made by a character alone on a stage
b.rhythm and pitch of the actor's voice
c.visual elements, including props
d.a long dialogue
b.sound including rhythm and music
c.storyline or the order of events that occur
d.directions given to the actors
a.a character named by a personification of human attributes
b.a character who appears in a flashback
c.a main character who lives despite terrible obstacles
d.a character with mystical powers
a.historical drama with battle scenes
b.a play that includes a ghost
c.terrible events happen to or are caused by the main character
d.a narrator appears between acts to announce new developments
a.a disease similar to the plague, frequently explained in ancient theater
b.character flaw (arrogance, pride, or greed) which causes a character's downfall
c.inverted plot order
d.antics of a comic minor character
b.problems of a dark horse character
c.a situational comedy
d.the audience knows more about the events than the characters know
a.a foreign accent
b.word choices and dialogue made by the playwright
c.long scene with only one character
d.singing with the chorus
a.motivation created by the main character
b.The audience does not know what is going to happen.
c.The characters do not know what will happen but the audience does.
d.subplot that introduces a tragic character
a.the main character's tragic flaw which leads to her/his demise and is often due to a character flaw or inborn weakness
b.an ironic event caused by the main character
c.a comic aside in ancient Greek theater
d.the courage of the chorus
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