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Ch 2: Analyzing Drama & Literature: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Analyzing Drama and Literature chapter of this CAHSEE English Exam Help and Review course is the simplest way to master dramatic and literary analysis. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of drama and literature.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering drama and literature material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn about drama and literature. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding prose, drama or literature
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about high school English (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about drama and literature
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra high school English learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Analyzing Drama and Literature chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Analyzing Drama and Literature chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any high school English question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an analyzing drama and literature unit of a standard CAHSEE English exam course. Topics covered include:

  • Meaning in prose
  • The elements of dramatic comedies and tragedies
  • Literary themes
  • Interpreting literature
  • Historical periods and themes

24 Lessons in Chapter 2: Analyzing Drama & Literature: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character

1. What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character

This literature lesson will teach you the difference between prose and other writing. You'll also learn how to analyze characters and foreshadowing to better understand the author's intentions, theme, and underlying meanings.

Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose

2. Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose

In this lesson, learn the difference between the tone and the mood of a piece of prose. Explore examples of how tone and mood are conveyed by authors through word choice and telling details.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

3. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.

Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern

4. Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern

Nearly every story has a hero, but some are better off by the end of the story than others. In this video, we learn what is so tragic about the hero in a tragedy.

Elsinore Castle in Shakespeare's Hamlet: History & Overview

5. Elsinore Castle in Shakespeare's Hamlet: History & Overview

One of William Shakespeare's most popular plays is Hamlet. Hamlet tells the story of a young prince in Denmark and takes place at a castle in the town of Elsinore. Learn more about the history of Elsinore Castle and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Dramatic Comedy: History and Types

6. Dramatic Comedy: History and Types

Everyone loves to laugh, and sometimes it's at the most inappropriate times. Even the ancient Greeks loved a dirty joke or two! Learn more in this video about dramatic comedy, its history and types.

Low Comedy: Definition & Examples

7. Low Comedy: Definition & Examples

This lesson analyzes two forms of comedy with emphasis on low comedy. Examples, ranging from classic to modern, are also examined to illustrate the concepts.

Falling Action of a Story: Definition & Examples

8. Falling Action of a Story: Definition & Examples

Stories don't just end at their high point. In this lesson, we will take a look at the falling action, the part of the plot that comes after the big climax.

Character Motivation: Definition & Examples

9. Character Motivation: Definition & Examples

What makes a character tick? In this lesson, we will examine the concept of character motivation and why it is so important in telling a believable story.

How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

10. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.

What is a Character Trait? - Definition & Examples

11. What is a Character Trait? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in identifying, developing and understanding character traits through analysis. It will allow you to explore how character traits can be found and applied to different forms of literature and real-life scenarios.

First Person Narrator: Definition & Example

12. First Person Narrator: Definition & Example

In this lesson, we will define first person narrator and discuss some of its limitations. We will also look at several different examples of first person narration.

Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

13. Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection

Nonfiction texts can be organized in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify which organizational structure is being used in a reading selection.

Practice Analyzing Dialogue

14. Practice Analyzing Dialogue

Secrets, revelations, and dramatic moments often unfold through important conversations. So when we are reading a novel, short story, or play, we need to be able to analyze dialogue to understand its purpose and importance.

Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

15. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.

What is Historical Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics, Books & Authors

16. What is Historical Fiction? - Definition, Characteristics, Books & Authors

Learn about a genre that takes our actual past and mixes in fictional elements. This lesson breaks down the definition of historical fiction and describes popular examples in literature.

Tropic of Orange: Summary & Characters

17. Tropic of Orange: Summary & Characters

'Tropic of Orange' is a 1997 book by Karen Tei Yamashita. The novel revolves around a single orange, a not-quite-human man, and seven loosely connected characters. This lesson will focus on the characters and a summary of events of the book.

Dante's Inferno: Summary & Characters

18. Dante's Inferno: Summary & Characters

Dante's 'Inferno' is one of the most notable pieces of work within the Western literary canon. The work continues to impress readers with its imaginative vision of Hell. This lesson introduces the work as well as a number of its most important characters.

Perrault's The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood: Summary & Analysis

19. Perrault's The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will summarize and examine Charles Perrault's 'The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood.' This 1697 version of this famous fairytale begins like the story that is still told to children today, but then veers in a darker direction.

Charles Perrault's Little Red Riding Hood: Summary & Analysis

20. Charles Perrault's Little Red Riding Hood: Summary & Analysis

Charles Perrault's version of a popular childhood fairy tale offers some distinct differences and symbols for readers. In this lesson, we'll take a look at his 'Little Red Riding Hood' and how it differs from other renditions.

Charles Perrault's Puss in Boots: Summary, Analysis & Morals

21. Charles Perrault's Puss in Boots: Summary, Analysis & Morals

When a young man inherits his father's cat he thinks it can't get any worse, but the cat wastes no time in proving him wrong. Find out more in this summary of Charles Perrault's 'Puss in Boots', which will also analyze some of the story's morals.

Blue Beard by Charles Perrault: Summary, Analysis & Quotes

22. Blue Beard by Charles Perrault: Summary, Analysis & Quotes

A new wife lets her curiosity get the best of her and almost pays dearly for it. Learn more about her near-fatal marriage in this lesson, which will offer a summary and some analysis of Charles Perrault's 'Bluebeard'.

Charles Perrault's Blue Beard: Themes & Morals

23. Charles Perrault's Blue Beard: Themes & Morals

In this lesson, we will examine the themes of morals of Charles Perrault's short story 'Blue Beard.' This is the story of a new bride who discovers her husband's grim secret while he is away.

Summary of Toads and Diamonds by Charles Perrault

24. Summary of Toads and Diamonds by Charles Perrault

Two sisters are tested by a fairy and given gifts that reflect their attitudes in Charles Perrault's ''Toads and Diamonds.'' Find out more about these sisters and the gifts they receive in this summary of Perrault's fairy tale.

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