Dialogue Writing Questions and Answers

This set of English Grammar Exercises (MCQs) focuses on “Dialogue Writing”.

1. What is the literal meaning of Dialogue?
a) Talk between two people
b) Gossip between two people
c) Sharing of information
d) To make contact
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Answer: a
Explanation: The literal meaning of Dialogue is to have a talk between two or more people. Dialogue writing deals with showing the written form of conversation between two or more people and a literary form that represents such conversation.

2. In order to write a dialogue successfully, which of the following is required as a quality in the writer?
a) Technical thought process and writing point to point things
b) He can copy the speeches of other characters from already existing books or stories
c) Dramatic thought process and ability to see both sides of the question and to put himself inside two imaginary persons
d) He should have a rigid mind set thinking of only one side of the question
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Answer: c
Explanation: For writing a dialogue successfully the writer should possess dramatic thought process. He should be able to visualize himself into those situations and think accordingly so that he can speak for both the sides of the conversation.

3. Why is it always advisable to make a plan or outline of the dialogue before you begin to write?
a) It takes more time to get completed and thus provides more time to the writer
b) The dialogue may appear rambling and pointless if outline is not created
c) It helps in practicing dialogue writing
d) It makes the dialogue look more dramatic and unsubtle
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Answer: b
Explanation: It is always advisable to make a plan or an outline of the dialogue before beginning to write the dialogue because it is necessary for showcasing the conversation in the correct flow of sequence. The remaining options do not satisfy the reasoning behind creating an outline.

4. Which of the following is the most important quality a dialogue needs to have?
a) Spontaneous and impromptu
b) Premeditated
c) Stilted
d) Bookish
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Answer: a
Explanation: The most important quality that a dialogue needs to have is to be spontaneous and impromptu to maintain its natural touch. It should not appear as something that has been pre-planned and unreal or bookish.

5. What needs to be avoided in order to keep the conversation brisk and rapid?
a) Arranging the ideas in a logical order
b) Using imaginary skills
c) Taking hints from real life conversations
d) Characters monopolizing the conversation
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Answer: d
Explanation: Monopoly in conversation by characters is something that needs to be avoided in all conditions. It is so because if only one of the characters is dominant in the conversation then it would appear as if he or she were giving a public lecture.

6. What kind of language is best suited for dialogue writing?
a) Strictly formal language
b) Vernacular language
c) Colloquial but not ungrammatical
d) Regional Dialect
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Answer: c
Explanation: The language best suited for dialogue writing is colloquial language just like how people talk in the day-to-day life. It should have a free and easy style as much as possible but it does not mean that it can be ungrammatical. Care must be taken to keep it grammatically correct.

7. Which of the following is allowed in dialogue writing to make it seem more natural?
a) General interruption in the dialogues of characters by one another
b) Use of bookish phrases from other stories or compositions
c) Use of grammatically wrong language
d) Use of slang or profane words
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Answer: a
Explanation: It has always been stated that a dialogue should seem natural and not something that has been made up. For this, general interruption in dialogues is always allowed while dialogue writing because in a real conversation people might get interrupted sometimes and that is natural. The remaining options are strictly not permitted to be used while dialogue writing.

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