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Writing Playscripts

This KS2 English quiz will test you on writing playscripts. Playscripts are written versions of plays. Playscripts are fun to write, especially for those who enjoy writing dialogue. Telling the actors how to move, what to say and how to say it is especially enjoyable for those of us who like to be in charge.

Playscripts have several features which make them different from other types of writing. When writing a playscript, you'll need to think a little more carefully than when writing a story.

See how well you remember the rules for writing playscripts by trying this English writing quiz.

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  1. Where would you look to find the names of all the characters in a play?
    The list of characters used to be called the 'Dramatis Personae' (which just means 'the persons of a drama'). If the list includes the names of the actors playing each part, it is called the 'cast list'.
  2. The speech in a play is called the ____.
    If a character talks to himself or herself for a while, it is called a 'monologue'.
  3. Which of the following lines would be correctly punctuated for a playscript?
    Speech marks are not used in playscripts.
  4. If a character needs to speak in a certain way, the instructions will be given in ____.
    Unless the playscript is handwritten, these instructions will also be in italics, as well as brackets.
  5. What are stage directions?
    Stage directions are always in brackets (and italics - see question 4).
  6. Which tense is used for stage directions?
    Past tense would mean the actor should have already done it!
  7. A play is made up of acts and ____.
    Sometimes there are intervals between acts.
  8. In a playscript, an ellipsis (...) would be used to show which of the following?
    A pause can be very effective in a play.
  9. A deserted park. Dusk. What is the purpose of stage directions like these?
    Different backdrops and props can be used to show where a scene is set.
  10. A new scene should begin when ____.
    New characters are often introduced in the middle of a scene - that way, the audience has a chance to find out who they are.

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