Reading & Interpreting Dialogue from a Script or Play


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Words like 'stingy' and 'economical' have similar meanings, but one carries a negative feeling and the other carries a positive one. The main difference between these two words is a difference in...

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1. What is the term for the attitude of the speaker?

2. If two words have nearly the same dictionary definition, that would mean that they have the same...

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In order to interpret the dialogue of a play or script, several factors should be analyzed. Use this quiz to review the terms given to these important aspects of writing and reading dialogue.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Prepare to answer questions on the following:

  • Select the term that means the idea that a word conjures
  • Choose the word for the attitude of the speaker
  • Name the term used for the literal meaning of words
  • Identify the major difference between interpreting a story and interpreting a play
  • Detail what to take into consideration when interpreting a line

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on analyzing dialogue in a script or play
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the literal meaning of words and the feelings they invoke
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding vocabulary used when discussing dialogue

Additional Learning

Review the accompanying lesson, Reading & Interpreting Dialogue from a Script or Play, for more detail on dialogue analysis. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how stage directions can help you analyze dialogue and meaning
  • Explain how the speaker's tone can change the meaning of a line
  • Review an example of interpreting Shakespeare's dialogue