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Ch 26: NES ELA: Victorian Literature

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This chapter on Victorian literature will help you prepare for the National Evaluation Series (NES) English Language Arts (ELA) exam with interactive quizzes and engaging video lessons.

NES ELA: Victorian Literature - Chapter Summary

Brush up on Victorian literature for the NES ELA exam. This chapter uses video lessons and practice quizzes to help you review themes and literary styles found in Victorian literature. You'll also cover the life and works of the following authors:

  • Charles Dickens
  • George Eliot
  • Robert Browning
  • Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins

Use the video lessons to quickly cover topics you may not have studied in awhile or fill in any knowledge gaps. Each lesson lasts less than ten minutes so you can cover the essential information in less time. Test your understanding with lesson quizzes and a chapter exam.

NES ELA: Victorian Literature Objectives

This chapter is designed to prepare you for Victorian literature-related questions in the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature subarea of the NES ELA exam. This exam section accounts for approximately 23% of the total test score. You'll need to demonstrate your knowledge of the thematic, formal and stylistic characteristics of literary periods, and understand the historical, political and social factors that can influence authors and shape literary periods.

The NES ELA exam is part of the licensure requirements for English teachers in some states. You'll need to answer 150 multiple-choice questions on reading, literature and communications. Use the practice quizzes and chapter exam in this study guide to get a basic idea of some of the test questions.

14 Lessons in Chapter 26: NES ELA: Victorian Literature
Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors

1. Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors

Victorian literature is literature written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, or roughly from 1837 -1901. It is largely characterized by the struggle of working people and the triumph of right over wrong.

Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence

2. Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence

Ebenezer Scrooge. Oliver Twist. Miss Havisham. David Copperfield. These are among literature's most fascinating figures, and they were all created by the same author. Watch this lesson to learn more about one of the English language's greatest authors, Charles Dickens.

A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens' Novel of the French Revolution

3. A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens' Novel of the French Revolution

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. In this video lesson, learn about A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens' classic novel about the French Revolution.

Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class

4. Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class

In 'Great Expectations,' young Pip has big dreams and lofty goals. All that's standing in his way is pretty much everyone he meets, as well as himself. Watch this lesson to learn more about this classic Charles Dickens novel.

David Copperfield: Dickens' Bildungsroman

5. David Copperfield: Dickens' Bildungsroman

The novel 'David Copperfield' is a coming of age story full of wicked villains, noble friends and true love. Watch this lesson to learn more about the novel that Dickens considered his best.

Oliver Twist: Plot and Characters in Dickens' Social Novel

6. Oliver Twist: Plot and Characters in Dickens' Social Novel

It's Oliver Twist, the tale of an orphan boy who's mistreated, kidnapped once or twice, and saved once or twice, but all along never loses his plucky optimism. Watch this lesson to find out more!

Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works

7. Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works

Mary Ann Evans, aka George Eliot, is one of the premiere writers of Victorian England. Watch this video lesson to see how she combined her interests in realism and rural life into an epic output of novels.

Middlemarch:  Eliot's Novel of Provincial Life

8. Middlemarch: Eliot's Novel of Provincial Life

In this lesson, we'll introduce the characters and many twisted plotlines of George Eliot's classic novel, 'Middlemarch.' Called the only Victorian novel 'written for grown-up people' by Virginia Woolf, this work is both expansive and highly realistic.

Introduction to Robert Browning: Life and Poems

9. Introduction to Robert Browning: Life and Poems

Robert Browning was a Victorian poet who liked to write creepy monologues about killers, monarchs and more killers. Learn all about him in our video lesson!

My Last Duchess:  Browning's Poetic Monologue

10. My Last Duchess: Browning's Poetic Monologue

In this lesson, we'll read through Robert Browning's terrific poem 'My Last Duchess.' Browning slowly reveals the character of the speaker as he discusses his now-deceased wife in front of a painting of her hanging on the wall.

Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works

11. Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works

He's a Poet Laureate, a master wordsmith and the originator of quotes you probably think came from Shakespeare. Check out our lesson on Alfred, Lord Tennyson, possibly the most important English poet of the Victorian era!

Tennyson's In Memoriam, A.H.H.:  Overview of 'In Memoriam' Stanzas

12. Tennyson's In Memoriam, A.H.H.: Overview of 'In Memoriam' Stanzas

Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 'In Memoriam, A.H.H.' stands as one of the finest examples of elegy in the English language. Watch our lesson to learn all about this masterpiece, including its possible contradictions!

Tennyson's Ulysses:  A Victorian Take on Greece

13. Tennyson's Ulysses: A Victorian Take on Greece

'Ulysses' is a very popular poem by Victorian superstar Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Watch our lesson to learn all about this portrait of a hero... or is he a major jerk?

Introduction to Gerard Manley Hopkins: Devout Catholicism and Sprung Rhythm

14. Introduction to Gerard Manley Hopkins: Devout Catholicism and Sprung Rhythm

In this video, we'll introduce the 19th-century British poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. Hopkins is famous for inventing a new type of meter for poetry: sprung rhythm. We'll examine his poems and analyze how sprung rhythm works. Additionally, we'll examine the influence of Catholicism on Hopkins' poetry.

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