Social and Historical Context of Romeo and Juliet Video


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Who was in power for most of Shakespeare's life?

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1. What is the name for a system of power in which masculine leadership has total control and those below must be obedient subjects?

2. When was Romeo and Juliet most likely written?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz will ask you about the context of Shakespeare's famous play, Romeo and Juliet. You'll be asked when the play was written, who ruled England at the time and what Shakespeare's theater was like during his lifetime.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will ask you to:

  • Identify who ruled England for most of Shakespeare's life
  • Name the system of power that favors male leadership and control over its subjects
  • Determine the decade in which Romeo and Juliet was likely written
  • Recognize the term for a thin, sharp sword used in street duels
  • Understand who Romeo imitates as he pines over Rosaline
  • Assess differences between Shakespeare's theaters and modern-day theaters

Skills Practiced

Skills practiced with this quiz include:

  • Information recall - apply knowledge you've gained regarding when Romeo and Juliet was most likely written
  • Distinguishing differences - be able to recognize accurate differences between theaters from Shakespeare's time and theaters of today
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about Shakespeare's lifetime to identify the ruler of England during that time period

Additional Learning

The related lesson, Social and Historical Context of Romeo and Juliet, will go into more details about the play's context. The lesson covers the following learning objectives:

  • Assess social issues from the play
  • Define the term courtly lover
  • Understand the multiple names that are used to distinguish Shakespeare's time period