The Use of Punctuation in Dramatic Dialogue

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What are three types of end punctuation that playwrights can use, even if they make sentences into fragments?

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1. Why do playwrights break the rules of standard punctuation when writing dialogue?

2. In dramatic dialogue, what does the ellipsis indicate?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Punctuation serves a different functions in dialogue than in most writing, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of these functions. You'll be assessed on your understanding of the different ways punctuation marks can be used in dialogue.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • The three types of end punctuation used by playwrights
  • How playwrights break standard punctuation rules
  • What an ellipsis indicates in dramatic dialogue
  • The pause length for a comma, dash, period and ellipsis
  • Punctuation - purpose and uses

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related punctuation in dramatic dialogue lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding which punctuation mark tells actors to pause as if they just had a new idea
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the length of pauses for various punctuation in dramatic dialogue

Additional Learning

To learn more about the meaning of punctuation in plays, review the accompanying lesson The Use of Punctuation in Dramatic Dialogue. This lesson can help you to:

  • Learn the rules for punctuating dialogue
  • Understand the difference between dialogue and other writing
  • Identify and define different uses for punctuation
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