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Ch 6: SAT Subject Test Literature: Drama

About This Chapter

Learn about the elements of drama to successfully prepare for the college-entry SAT literature subject test. Video lessons and self-assessment quizzes can teach you about the different types and styles of drama in a clear and engaging way.

SAT Subject Test Literature: Drama - Chapter Summary

Learn about the history and elements of drama with these online review lessons. The lessons in this chapter explain important terms, types and styles of drama, with examples from important plays. Lessons cover the following topics:

  • Important dramatic terms
  • Key styles of drama
  • The history behind different dramatic movements
  • Elements of drama, including characters, plot, setting and symbolism
  • Dramatic farce
  • Classical and modern tragedies
  • Themes and character development in dramatic works

The lessons contained in this chapter include practice questions and quizzes that can help you prepare for the actual questions on the SAT literature subject test. Short video lessons cover each topic and contain links to important key terms and concepts. Lesson transcripts are available if you need clarification on any of the material.

SAT Subject Test Literature: Drama Objectives

The SAT literature subject test is a college-entry exam that seeks to assess your ability to read and understand literary texts from a wide assortment of genres and time periods. Up to 10% of the questions on the exam focus on drama. The lessons in this chapter go over topics that you'll find on the actual SAT subject exam. Lesson objectives include:

  • Performing a close reading of dramatic works from different time periods
  • Understanding the basic structure of most dramas
  • Exploring themes and styles of various plays
  • Exploring the use of language in dramas, which may include word choice, metaphors and stage directions

The SAT literature subject exam is entirely multiple choice. You will have one hour to complete 60 questions. The test is divided into 6-8 sets, with each set composed of questions focused on a particular passage of prose, poetry or drama. You may earn 200-800 points on this particular test.

6 Lessons in Chapter 6: SAT Subject Test Literature: Drama
What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

1. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.

History of Drama: Dramatic Movements and Time Periods

2. History of Drama: Dramatic Movements and Time Periods

Today's theatre is a mix of many styles that have been popular for hundreds of years. In this lesson, learn how each time period contributed to what we now see during a live, dramatic performance.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

3. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.

Dramatic Farce: History, Examples and Playwrights

4. Dramatic Farce: History, Examples and Playwrights

Would you believe Curly, Larry, and Moe, The Three Stooges, are simply practicing a centuries-old form of drama? Learn more about how horseplay and high energy contribute to the dramatic comedy sub-genre called farce.

Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern

5. Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern

Nearly every story has a hero, but some are better off by the end of the story than others. In this video, we learn what is so tragic about the hero in a tragedy.

Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging

6. Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging

If 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players,' then why does analyzing a dramatic script seem so difficult? Find out how to make analyzing dramatic works easier with a four-step process in this video lesson.

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