How Dialogue Provokes a Decision


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Indirect characterization is...

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1. Why should an author avoid including a series of meaningless conversations that are casual and similar to conversations we have in everyday situations?

2. Everything that the characters say and do must move the plot forward so that:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and accompanying worksheet will help test your knowledge on the use of dialogue in a story and how it serves to move the story forward. To pass the quiz, you will need to understand how dialogue moves the plot of a story forward as well as identify the importance of two examples of dialogue discussed in the lesson.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Indirect characterization
  • Why an author should avoid meaningless conversation
  • Why dialogue should move the plot forward
  • Conversation examples from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Death of a Salesman

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about dialogue in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the use of dialogue in literature
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how dialogue propels plot in literature

Additional Learning

To learn more about the use of dialogue, review the corresponding lesson on How Dialogue Provokes a Decision in Literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the power of dialogue
  • Discuss Sherman Alexie's use of dialogue
  • Explore Arthur Miller's use of dialogue
  • Understand indirect characterization