Easter, 1916 by Yeats: Summary & Poem Analysis


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Yeats's 'Easter, 1916' is:

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1. The Easter Rising refers to:

2. At the time the poem was written, the Irish were seeking independence from:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Yeats' 'Easter, 1916' explores the Easter Rising, and this quiz and worksheet allow you to gauge your knowledge of the poem. In order to pass the quiz, you need to understand topics like what the Easter Rising was and why Yeats wrote the poem.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessment tools will help you evaluate your knowledge of:

  • Definition of Easter Rising
  • Definition of Sinn Fein in the context of the poem
  • Yeats' reason for writing the poem
  • The events detailed in 'Easter, 1916'
  • Circumstances surrounding the Easter Rising

Skills Practiced

Utilize the assessment tools to practice these skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can review information regarding Yeats' relationship with the Easter Rising and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can correctly define main phrases, such as Easter Rising and Sinn Fein
  • Critical thinking - examine the Easter Rising and Britain's promise of Irish independence in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about this poem, review the accompanying lesson titled 'Easter, 1916' by Yeats: Summary & Poem Analysis. The lesson covers these objectives:

  • Identify rebellion leaders such as Countess Markievicz, Patrick Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh, and John MacBride
  • Explore how each stanza relates to a period of time before, during, and after the Easter Rising
  • Recognize Yeats' use of metaphors to represent the theme of change
  • Consider the poem in relation to events occurring at the time, such as World War I and Easter