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NES ELA: English Literature in the 17th & 18th Century - Chapter Summary
Review important authors and literary works of 17th and 18th century England with these chapter resources. Get ready for the NES ELA exam with lessons on the following:
- John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress
- Milton's poetry and Paradise Lost
- Essays and poetry of Alexander Pope
- Restoration comedy
- Major works of Daniel Defoe
- Satire in the work of Jonathan Swift
- Samuel Richardson and the epistolary novel
- Gothic literature: Ann Radcliffe
You'll get up to speed quickly and easily with these short video lessons. Each lesson lasts between five and ten minutes and can be re-watched as many times as needed. Follow along with the written transcripts or use them to review.
NES ELA: English Literature in the 17th & 18th Century Objectives
This study guide prepares you for questions on 17th and 18th century English literature in the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature subarea of the NES ELA exam. This exam section is worth approximately 23% of the total test score. You'll need to demonstrate your knowledge of the thematic, formal and stylistic characteristics of various literary genres, periods and movements, as well as the ways in which historical, political and social factors influence literature.
The NES ELA exam is part of the licensure process for English teachers in some states. The test consists of 150 multiple-choice questions on reading, literature and communications. You'll have three hours to complete the exam. Use the practice questions included in this chapter to get an idea of some of the questions you'll be asked on the test.
1. Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works
A lot can happen in 200 years, as you'll see on our lesson that introduces you to British literature of the 17th and 18th centuries. Go from Shakespeare to the invention of the novel to the introduction of a prominent dictionary in our video below!
2. John Bunyan and Pilgrim's Progress
Pilgrim's Progress is a Christian allegory by John Bunyan. It was published in 1678 and is a highly influential work of religious text in the English language. Follow along as you learn about some of the most memorable characters from this novel.
3. Introduction to John Milton: Life and Major Poems
English poet, essayist and political figure John Milton ranks right up there with William Shakespeare in a list of literary greats. Check out this lesson for an overview of Milton's life and most important works.
4. Milton's Paradise Lost: Summary, Theme, and Quotes
John Milton's 1667 epic poem 'Paradise Lost' is often considered one of the greatest works in the English language. Watch this lesson to learn about the text and its complicated themes.
5. Introduction to Alexander Pope: Biography, Essays and Poems
Alexander Pope is one of the most quoted writers in the English language, which means you've probably heard his stuff before - you just don't know it yet. Watch this lesson for an overview of Pope's life and key works!
6. The Rape of the Lock: Pope's Mock Heroic Poetry
Alexander Pope is one of the premiere satirists in the English language, and The Rape of the Lock is his crowning achievement. Here, Pope writes about an incredibly trivial event as though it's a war involving gods and epic heroes. Watch our lesson for more details on this classic!
7. Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s
Despite their name, Restoration comedies have nothing to do with fixing up a theater. Rather, these were shockingly explicit works that were created after almost two decades of live performances being outlawed in England. Watch our video lesson to learn about this surprising and hilarious time in English theatrical history.
8. Introduction to Daniel Defoe: Biography and Major Works
Castaways, pirates, spies and political prisoners. Some of it is fiction and some of it is the author's real life. In this lesson, you'll learn more about Daniel Defoe, one of England's most prolific and exciting authors.
9. Robinson Crusoe: Summary and Themes
In this lesson, we'll explore Daniel Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe' while examining themes present in the work. You may also learn some handy skills if you ever find yourself shipwrecked and having to survive on an island for 28 years.
10. Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis
When it comes to English-language satire, few authors can top the legendary Jonathan Swift. Watch this lesson to learn about his two most important works, ~'A Modest Proposal~' and ~'Gulliver's Travels~'.
11. Samuel Richardson: Biography, Pamela and the Epistolary Novel
Samuel Richardson was the first writer to produce a true bestseller in the modern sense. Watch our lesson to learn about 'Pamela,' his groundbreaking epistolary novel.
12. Ann Radcliffe and Gothic Literature
Meet the mysterious Ann Radcliffe, a pioneering author who helped create the genre we know today as Gothic literature. As you learn more about her works and style, we'll also look at what constitutes a Gothic novel.
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Other chapters within the NES English Language Arts: Test Practice & Study Guide course
- About the NES Test
- NES ELA: Structure, Analysis & Word Meanings
- NES ELA: Strategies for Acquiring New Vocabulary
- NES ELA: Influences on the English Language
- NES ELA: Figures of Speech & Meaning
- NES ELA: Reading & Comprehension Strategies
- NES ELA: Organization of Written Works
- NES ELA: Climax & Plot in Written Works
- NES ELA: Themes in Written Works
- NES ELA: Points of View in Literature
- NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Informational Texts
- NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Persuasive Texts
- NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Technical & Functional Texts
- NES ELA: Genres in Literature
- NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Nonfiction
- NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Literary Fiction
- NES ELA: Types of Literary Fiction
- NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Literary Drama
- NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Poetry
- NES ELA: Analyzing & Interpreting Prose
- NES ELA: Literature in Old English & Middle English
- NES ELA: The Renaissance in English Literature
- NES ELA: Romantic Prose in English Literature
- NES ELA: The Romantic Poetry Movement
- NES ELA: Victorian Literature
- NES ELA: Turn-of-the-Century Literature
- NES ELA: Modernist Authors in English Literature
- NES ELA: Nonfiction in English Literature
- NES ELA: The Oral Tradition
- NES ELA: Noun & Verb Usage in the English Language
- NES ELA: Phrases & Clauses in English
- NES ELA: Types of Sentences in English
- NES ELA: Modifiers in the English Language
- NES ELA: Grammar Conventions
- NES ELA: Comma Rules
- NES ELA: Spelling Rules
- NES ELA: Precision & Clarity in Writing
- NES ELA: Effective Composition Writing
- NES ELA: The Writing Process
- NES ELA: Research Writing
- NES ELA: Narrative Writing Strategies
- NES ELA: Expository Writing Strategies
- NES ELA: Persuasive Writing Strategies
- NES ELA: Analytical Writing Strategies
- NES ELA: Effective Listening Strategies
- NES ELA: Public Speaking Strategies
- NES ELA: Viewing & Presenting Images