John Ruskin: Victorian Thought and Criticism


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What is Ruskin's primary critique of typical capitalist economies in Unto the Last?

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1. Which of the following was one of the reasons for the development of Ruskin's interest in social and economic justice?

2. Which of these is the most clear indicator of Romantic influence on Ruskin's thought?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

John Ruskin was a 19th century philosopher motivated by social justice and art. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of Ruskin's works and philosophies.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Key philosophies and beliefs John Ruskin held
  • Key concepts of John Ruskin's works
  • Contemporary cultural influences on John Ruskin

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about John Ruskin and his philosophies
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about John Ruskin's works and beliefs
  • Making connections - correlate cultural trends with the beliefs John Ruskin held about power and society
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, such as John Ruskin's ideal social system

Additional Learning

To learn more about the philosophy of John Ruskin, review the accompanying lesson called John Ruskin: Victorian Thought and Criticism. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explores John Ruskin's work in both art and social criticism
  • Explains the socioeconomic and cultural climate of Victorian England
  • Details the specific beliefs John Ruskin held
  • Details John Ruskin's ideal social system
  • Covers the influence of contemporary art on John Ruskin's philosophies