Character Motivation in a Drama


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Why is it important for actors to know what motivates the characters they portray?

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1. Motivation influences how actors play their roles. In the story of 'The Three Little Pigs,' the third pig may want revenge on the wolf by the time the wolf comes knocking on his door. The motivation of revenges may make his lines sound. . .

2. Knowing the motivation of the characters helps actors to:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can gauge your understanding of character motivations in drama with this quiz/worksheet combo. You'll learn about character motivation as it pertains to actors and the creation of believable characters on stage or on film.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to test your knowledge of:

  • The reasons actors need to know a character's motivations
  • The role motivation plays in an actor's portrayal of a character
  • How motivations may affect an actor's line readings

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related character motivation in drama lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the role of motivation in drama to answer quiz questions
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast a character's possible motivations to determine why the character acts and speaks in a certain manner

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the corresponding lesson on character motivation in drama. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defining motivation
  • Describing the role of character motivation in acting
  • Describing the importance of understanding a character's motivation
  • Exploring examples of motivation-based line delivery