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Sophomore Lit Test 4

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STUDY
PLAY
act
one of the main divisions of a play or opera
aside
short speech heard by the audience but not by the other characters in the play
comedy
a literary work which is amusing and ends well
drama
story acted out, usually on a stage, by actors and actresses who take the parts of specific characters
stage directions
a playwright's descriptive or interpretive comments that provide readers (and actors) with info about the dialogue, setting, and action of a play
conventions
unrealistic devices or procedures that the reader (or audience) agrees to accept
monologue
a long, uninterrupted speech (in a narrative or drama) that is spoken in the presence of other characters
scene
a division with no change of locale or abrupt shipt of time
soliloquy
speech, usually lengthy, in which a character, alone on stage, expresses his or her thoughts aloud
staging
the spectacle a play presents in performance, including the position of actors on stage, the scenic background, the props and costumes, and the ligting and sound effects
suspension of disbelief
a willingness to suspend one's critical faculties and believe the unbelievable; sacrifice of realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment
tragedy
in general, a literary work in which the central character meets an unhappy or disastrous end
tragic flaw
weakness or limitation of character, resulting in the fall of the tragic hero
chorus
group of characters in Greek tragedy (and in later forms of drama), who comment on the action of a play without participation in it
recognition
point at which a character understands his or her situation as it really is
foil
a character who contrasts and parallels the main character in a play or story