World Literature of the 17th-19th Centuries: Traits, Influences & Famous Works


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Which is the term for the literary era that focused on reason and structure?

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1. Madame Bovary attempted to show life as it is. What is the term for the type of literature that shows life as it is?

2. Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels uses humor to get the reader to consider important issues. What is the term for this type of writing?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The period of time between 1600 and 1900 saw a tremendous amount of development in world literature, including the beginning of numerous literary genres still written today. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of global literature written between 1600 and 1900. Some things you'll be assessed on include the definitions of different genres, the genres of different works, and important events in literary history.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The practice questions cover:

  • The definitions of different literary genres
  • The genres of important literary works from the time period
  • Historical events caused by literary works
  • The way in which literature spread and the cause

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about global literature from 1600-1900
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding different genres of literature and examples of these genres
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding trends in global literature from the time period and apply it to your understanding of literary works

Additional Learning

Dig deeper into this subject with our engaging video lesson called World Literature of the 17th-19th Centuries: Traits, Influences & Famous Work. The following topics are covered:

  • The definition of world literature
  • Major trends in world literature
  • Classics of world literature
  • Historical timeline of world literature