Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism: Summary & Analysis


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When did Alexander Pope live?

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1. What are heroic couplets?

2. How is nature treated in An Essay on Criticism?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Alexander Pope was a popular 17th and 18th century satirist and certainly an expert on writing and criticism in his own craft. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of his piece entitled 'An Essay on Criticism.'

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Alexander Pope's time period
  • The definition of heroic couplets
  • What 'An Essay' accomplished
  • Themes and treatments in 'An Essay'
  • Pope's observations and thoughts in 'An Essay'

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about Alexander Pope and his essay
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, including what heroic couplets are
  • Making connections - correlate your critical knowledge to your understanding of what Pope may have intended in the nature of his essay
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about 'An Essay on Criticism'

Additional Learning

To start learning more about Alexander Pope and his critical essay, review the accompanying lesson, Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism. This particular lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explains Alexander Pope's literary significance
  • Covers Alexander Pope's core philosophies in his essay
  • Details specific themes of 'An Essay on Criticism'