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

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During the Victorian era, improvements in technology increased rapidly. In what way was British society altered as a result of these changes?

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1. Why did the author of Middlemarch write under the pen name 'George Eliot?'

2. Charles Dickens became well-known for consistently utilizing what theme throughout his writings?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

The Victorian era was marked by a huge increase in population, major developments in science and technology and the growth of the urban poor and working class, and many writers of this era reflected these changes and social tensions in their work. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand some of the common themes and characteristics of Victorian literature and the leading literary voices that emerged during this era.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Historical factors that influenced Victorian literature
  • George Eliot and her novels
  • Important dates related to Victorian literature
  • Victorian poets
  • Common themes in the novels of Charles Dickens

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application- use the knowledge you've gained to answer questions about the characteristics of Victorian literature
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the Victorian era to examine why Victorian poets often expressed a reverence for the past
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the way Charles Dickens and George Eliot approached character development
  • Critical thinking - apply your understanding of the social and economic changes that occurred during the 19th century to examine why the novel emerged as the dominant literary form of the Victorian era

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on characteristics of Victorian literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the scope of Victorian literature
  • Know several of the major novelists and poets of the era
  • Become familiar with common themes in Victorian literature
  • Understand why the triumph of right over wrong is a common characteristic of Victorian literature
  • Know the major social, economic and scientific events and trends that influenced Victorian literature
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