Shakespearean Sonnet: Form, Structure & Characteristics - Quiz & Worksheet


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1. What is the rhyme scheme for a Shakespearean sonnet?

2. What is a volta?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Shakespearean sonnet refers to a specific poetic form, not just the sonnets that Shakespeare wrote, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the form. You'll be assessed on your understanding the structure and characteristics of sonnets, including related vocabulary terms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your knowledge of the following key terms as they relate to Shakespearean sonnets:

  • Meter
  • Rhyme and rhythm
  • Volta
  • Thesis

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Shakespearean sonnets
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as volta and thesis
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Shakespearean sonnets
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the structure of Shakespearean sonnets

Additional Learning

To learn more about poetry, review the accompanying lesson on the characteristics of Shakespearean sonnets. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the defining characteristics of Shakespearean sonnets
  • Understand the historical background of the Shakespearean sonnet
  • Differentiate Italian and Shakespearean sonnets
  • Read 'Sonnet 73'