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


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1. When was An Essay on Man originally published?

2. In An Essay on Man, Pope claims that he hopes to 'vindicate' God's ways to man. What poem does this echo?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

An Essay on Man is an influential piece of literature published by Alexander Pope, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you evaluate your comprehension of the poem. Some topics you'll be quizzed on include themes of the poem and its publication date.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools will assess your knowledge of:

  • The definition of epistle
  • The literary work in which An Essay on Man echoes
  • The poem's themes
  • Why Pope is often quoted

Skills Practiced

Students will be tested on the following skills in this quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on Pope and An Essay on Man
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of Neoclassical literature and its connection to the poem's themes
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Pope's poem in a different light and reach applicable conclusions

Additional Learning

To further enhance your knowledge of this important literary work, review the lesson entitled Alexander Pope's An Essay on Man: Summary & Analysis. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define epistle
  • Identify influences on Pope's work
  • Understand the Neoclassical era in literature
  • Know how An Essay on Man was written and identify its different parts