Analyzing American Drama: Techniques and Plays


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Which of the following BEST illustrates the use of symbolism?

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1. How does Arthur Miller use a motif to bring attention to a major theme in Death of a Salesman?

2. A literary device in which the timeline of a work diverts from the present to depict events from the past is called a _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and companion worksheet measure your understanding of the literary techniques used in American dramas and how they're employed. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include motifs, themes, and symbolism, among others.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to evaluate your understanding about:

  • How symbolism works
  • How to spot motifs and how they help tell a drama's story
  • The importance of monologues
  • How to determine themes in a play
  • What a flashback is

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - understand how symbolism and motifs help drive dramas and characters
  • Interpreting information - verify that you understand how certain symbols relate to characters and their actions
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about symbolism, theme, and motif usage and how it relates to the overall action
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as monologues and flashbacks
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about literary techniques in plays

Additional Learning

To learn more about drama characteristics, review the partnering lesson on American dramas. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defining symbolism
  • Knowing how to spot motifs and how to use them
  • Identifying the importance of monologues in plays
  • Explaining why a theme is important