How Dialogue Reveals Aspects of a Character


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1. In Hemingway's short story 'A Soldier's Home', Krebs has an uncomfortable conversation with his mother during breakfast. She talks to him about her beliefs and how she has worried about him and prayed for him while he was fighting in World War I. What is his response and what does it reveal about him?

2. Subtext is...

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet set allow you to quickly assess your knowledge of how dialogue reveals aspects of a character. In order to successfully pass the quiz, you must be familiar with topics like the definition of subtext and the way dialogue shows information about a character.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you will be tested on:

  • Purpose of dialogue
  • Character aspects revealed through dialogue
  • Dialogue and subtext meaning from several pieces of literature

Skills Practiced

Practice the following skills when you utilize the quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about using dialogue to learn more about characters from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about how a character interacts with others through dialogue
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about subtext in dialogue

Additional Learning

Learn more about dialogue by reviewing the accompanying lesson titled, How Dialogue Reveals Aspects of a Character. It covers these objectives:

  • Discover the way dialogue allows readers to learn more about a character
  • Analyze the use of dialogue in Hemingway's 'A Soldier's Home'
  • Identify what dialogue shows in Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Understanding subtext in a scene from The Great Gatsby
  • Define subtext as it relates to dialogue