What is a Dialogue in Literature? - Examples & Explanation


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In classical literature, what main purpose did writers have for dialogue?

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1. Why would a writer desire to show the vernacular through dialogue?

2. Which of the following statements is NOT true?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to test your understanding of the role of dialogue in literature. Some of the topics included in this assessment are the main purpose of dialogue in classical literature and the goal of dialogue in Ernest Hemingway's short story Hills Like White Elephants.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Purpose of dialogue in classical literature
  • Vernacular in dialogue
  • Dialogue's effects in Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related English lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of dialogue
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the literary definition of dialogue
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify key literary elements in Hills Like White Elephants

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson titled What is a Dialogue in Literature? - Examples & Explanation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define vernacular and explain its use in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Describe how Ernest Hemingway used dialogue in Hills Like White Elephants to impact the reader
  • Understand how skilled writers use dialogue to flesh out their characters