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Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works

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Who do critics consider the most important figure of the English Renaissance?

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1. What is the title of John Milton's epic poem about the fall of mankind?

2. How did the Licensing Act of 1737 contribute to the rise of the novel in the 18th century?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Exploring 200 years of English literature is a daunting task, but this quiz primarily looks at introductory info about the writers and writings of this time period.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The goal of this quiz is to test your knowledge of the following facets of 17th-18th century lit:

  • The most important figure of the English Renaissance
  • John Milton's poems
  • Contributions to the rise of the novel in the 1700s
  • The writer who put together the English dictionary
  • England's poet laureates

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw relevant information from the lesson on 17th and 18th century literature
  • Information recall - remember what you've learned about famous figures and works from the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Knowledge application - use this knowledge to correctly answer questions about the English Renaissance in literature

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson, Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify uthors from the English Renaissance, including Shakespeare and Ben Jonson
  • Recognize poets of the Renaissance, like John Donne
  • Review the authors of the Caroline, Interregnum and Restoration periods, including three Johns
  • Explore authors and important works from the Neoclassicism period
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