American Renaissance: Uniquely American Art, Literature and Culture


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Which would most likely have been a popular attraction in the antebellum era?

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Who were well-known transcendental writers?

I. Henry David Thoreau

II. Albert Bierstadt

III. Charles Blondin

IV. Ralph Waldo Emerson

V. Walt Whitman

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The American Renaissance showed a marked change in American culture from what it was in the colonial period. This worksheet and quiz will help you to assess how well you know the important concepts of romanticism, Utopian societies, transcendentalism and aspects of popular culture. The quiz will also test you on the role individuals such as Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson played in the emerging culture.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to review your knowledge of:

  • The difference between Romanticism and Enlightenment ideals
  • Forms of popular entertainment for antebellum Americans
  • Important authors during the period
  • The Hudson River School
  • Religious movements such as Utopian communes and Mormonism

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you recognize the most important information from the related lesson on the characteristics of the American Renaissance
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key phrases, such as romanticism and transcendentalism
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about art and literature from the time period in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about the American Renaissance, review the related lesson called Characteristics of the American Renaissance. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the definition of Romanticism and how it differed from Enlightenment
  • Know about the Hudson River School and the artistic movement it represented
  • Understand the emergence of women authors, such as Louisa May Alcott
  • Define transcendentalism
  • Identify new Religious movements, such as Utopian communes
  • Understand American pop culture