When Was Hamlet Written? - Context & History


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The English Renaissance is most closely associated with the reign of what queen?

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1. Which of the following was not a writer during the English Renaissance

2. Hamlet was probably written between what years?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

William Shakespeare's play Hamlet is often considered to be perhaps the greatest thing anyone has ever written. Given this acclaim, it's a good idea to ensure that you understand the historical background and context in which the play exists. You can go over facts about the history and timeline of Hamlet by reviewing the questions contained in this online assessment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this assessment to go over:

  • The English Renaissance
  • Literature of the English Renaissance
  • When Hamlet was written
  • Hamlet's place in Shakespeare's corpus
  • Shakespeare's final plays

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - see how well you can remember facts about the English Renaissance and its literary scene as they pertain the Shakespeare's works
  • Reading comprehension - test your understanding of the timeline of Shakespeare's plays and where Hamlet exists in that timeline
  • Knowledge application - apply your knowledge of the historical context of Hamlet to answer questions on its date of authorship, relationship to Shakespeare's career, and place in a larger literary period

Additional Learning

Learn more on this subject by reading the associated lesson called When Was Hamlet Written? - Context & History. Review this lesson to learn about:

  • The English Renaissance
  • Literature and literary figures of the time
  • Shakespeare's life and early works
  • Hamlet and its significance