Drama Multiple Choice Test (20 points)
Fill in the Blank: Write the correct Basic Dramatic Principle the example shows. (4 points)
1. ____________________A lawyer who is down on her luck gets one last chance to prove her
worth, by defending a shady-looking client. If she loses this case, she’s through.
2. ____________________While hunting down important testimony, she finds that her life is
threatened. At the same time she must overcome her own doubts about her client’s innocence.
3. ____________________Finally, in a dramatic courtroom scene, she brilliantly cross-examines
a witness and proves he is lying.
4. ____________________The jury acquits her client. The conflict is resolved: The lawyer is
back on top of her profession.
Fill in the Blank: According to the location of the audience, fill in the appropriate stage
direction in each square. (4 points)
Matching: Match the word with its definition. (5 points)
5. ______ Playwright a. a theatrical performer
6. ______ Producer b. a person who supervises the creative aspects of a dramatic
production or film, and instructs the actors and crew.
7. ______ Director c. The spectators or listeners assembled at a performance or who
are attracted by a radio or television program.
8. ______ Actor d. One who writes the plays; a dramatist
9. ______ Audience e. One who supervises and controls the finances, creation, and
public presentation of a play, film, program, or similar work.
Multiple Choice: Circle the best answer. (7 points)
10. Most plays are about:
11. What is a flashback?
a. A hint at what will happen later in the play.
b. An interruption in the present action of a plot to show events that happened at an earlier time.
c. When a character in a play discovers a betrayal and seeks revenge.
d. When the audience is reminded of a time similar to what is presented in the play.
12. What is the set?
a. The lines the characters are to follow.
b. How actors are supposed to stand on the stage.
c. The organization that the director puts together for the actors.
d. The scenery constructed for a theatrical performance.
13. What is dialogue?
a. The speeches assigned to characters in the play.
b. When two characters show emotion and meaning without saying a word.
c. The end of a tragedy.
d. The beginning of the play, when the curtain is rising.
14. Which of the following definitions does NOT describe the script of a play?
a. The text of a play, broadcast, or movie.
b. A literary analysis paper about the play.
c. The copy of a text used by a director or performer.
d. The publication the actors follow to perform a play.
15. What is the difference between irony and dramatic irony?
a. Dramatic irony occurs when the people watching a play know something the characters on
stage do not.
b. Irony occurs when the characters in the play know something before the audience.
c. Dramatic irony does not occur in plays, while irony does.
d. Irony is opposite of dramatic irony.
16. What is the “shock of recognition?
a. When the foolish behavior of a character onstage reminds the audience of themselves or
people they know, and they laugh.
b. When the characters realize what is happening in the play.
c. When the audience changes their opinion about a character in the play.
d. When the audience is surprised by the ending of the play.