Soliloquy: Definition & Examples


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How is a monologue different from a soliloquy?

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1. What do a soliloquy, a monologue, and an aside have in common?

2. How can the audience of a play learn the inner thoughts, feelings, and motives of a character without the other characters hearing?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A soliloquy is an important tool used in performances ranging from plays to feature films. In this quiz and worksheet combination, you will be quizzed on different examples and characteristics of soliloquies.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test your knowledge of:

  • Soliloquies in famous plays
  • Commonalities between soliloquies, monologues, and asides
  • How an audience can gain deep information from a character
  • The difference between a soliloquy and a monologue

Skills Practiced

As you take this quiz, you will be provided with an opportunity to practice these study skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the characteristics of soliloquies
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast monologues and soliloquies
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the similarity between monologues, asides, and soliloquies
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the messages of specific soliloquies in Hamlet and Othello

Additional Learning

Study the accompanying lesson, Soliloquy: Definition & Examples, to learn more about characteristics of this type of speech. In this lesson, the following objectives will be addressed:

  • Explain the use of a soliloquy
  • Compare and contrast monologues, soliloquies, and asides
  • Analyze Hamlet's soliloquy and its purpose
  • Review Iago's soliloquy in Othello
  • Understand narrations and voice-overs
  • Detail the use of soliloquy in The Godfather