Historical Context of King Lear - Quiz & Worksheet


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In what century does Shakespeare set his play King Lear (1606)?

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1. When King James I ascended to the throne in 1603, he inaugurated the beginning of what British family dynasty?

2. Exemplified in Shakespeare's King Lear, what political paradigm was dominant in 16th and 17th century England?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use these interactive study assessments to gauge your understanding of the historical context of King Lear. Answer questions on topics like the century when the play took place and the dynasty that began when King James I came to power.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Consider these areas of study:

  • A paradigm that dominated in 16th- and 17th-century England
  • The period when the play was written
  • How society is reflected in the play

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the historical context of King Lear
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a dynasty that started when King James I ascended the throne
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how society is reflected in the play and some of the attributes of the time when the play was written

Additional Learning

For more on the play, review the accompanying lesson entitled Historical Context of King Lear. These areas of study will be considered:

  • Background of the play
  • Modern adaptations
  • What a dynasty is
  • What was happening in society when Shakespeare wrote the play
  • How the play questioned British society