How to Identify and Prepare for Literary Passages on the GED RLA Test - dummies

How to Identify and Prepare for Literary Passages on the GED RLA Test

By Murray Shukyn, Dale E. Shuttleworth, Achim K. Krull

To help you get comfortable with answering the questions on the reading comprehension portion of the GED RLA test, you want to have a good idea of what these types of questions look like. The RLA reading component may include passages from the following literary texts (and plenty of questions to go with them):

  • Drama: Drama (that is, a play) tells a story, using the words and actions of the characters. The description of the place and costumes are in the stage directions or in the head of the director. As you read passages from drama, try to imagine the dramatic scene and see the characters and their actions in your head. Doing so makes drama easier to understand.

    Stage directions are usually printed in italics, like this. Even though you’re not acting in the play, pay attention to the stage directions. They may provide valuable information you need to answer the questions that follow the passage.

  • Prose fiction: Prose fiction refers to novels and short stories. As you may already know, fiction is writing that comes straight from the mind of the author (in other words, it’s made up; it’s not about something that really happened).

    The only way to become familiar with prose fiction is to read as much fiction as you can. After you read a book, try to talk about it with other people who have read the book.