Ch 2: Analyzing Drama & Literature

About This Chapter

Watch this chapter's video lessons to discover the use of literary devices found in drama and fiction. You can use this knowledge to analyze passages found on the English language arts portion of the CAHSEE.

Analyzing Drama & Literature - Chapter Summary

Some questions on the CAHSEE's English language arts portion assess your ability to evaluate the aesthetic qualities, narrative devices, plot structures, themes and traditions of an author's work. Prepare for them with this chapter's video lessons on the elements of fiction and drama. Topics of study include:

  • Foreshadowing
  • Tone and mood
  • Plot, setting and symbolism
  • Characterization
  • Timing and sequence
  • Dialogue and staging

Lessons include short, engaging videos explaining the terminology used to discuss literature and drama as well as strategies for identifying the significance of various literary devices. There are also quizzes you can use to assess your understanding of these concepts and transcripts that provide lesson summaries at a glance.

Analyzing Drama & Literature - Objectives

The CAHSEE's English language arts portion is one part of a two-part exam used by California to assess prospective high school graduates' reading and writing skills. Lessons included in this chapter are designed to help you study for the Literary Response and Analysis section, which includes 20 of the exam's 72 multiple-choice questions.

You'll be asked to read a short passage and identify characteristics of tragedy, comedy and dramatic monologue or analyze such literary devices as character interaction and plot development. You could even be asked to evaluate the significance of an author's biographical information and the time period in which a work was written.

13 Lessons in Chapter 2: Analyzing Drama & Literature
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.

Dramatic Comedy: History and Types

5. 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.

Character Motivation: Definition & Examples

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 160 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Support