Western Literature: History & Canon


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Who is the most influential writer in the history of Western Literature?

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1. Of the literary movements discussed in this lesson, which championed the natural world and mankind's close spiritual relationship to that world?

2. Charles Dickens was a Victorian novelist.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The canon of Western literature refers to the catalog and timeline of major European and American authors, literary works and literary periods. This quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge of the literary canon.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Significant and influential authors in the history of Western literature
  • Major literary periods and the works that defined them
  • Assigning authors to the period that appropriately represents them
  • Major cultural events that influenced authors

Skills Practiced

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

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Western literary canon
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about key figures and works in the literary canon
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, such as specific literary periods
  • Making connections - correlate contextual knowledge of authors and their works to make determinations about their influences

Additional Learning

To start learning more about the Western literary canon, review the accompanying lesson called Western Literature: History, Canon & Quiz. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Covers the basic chronology of the Western literary canon timeline
  • Covers major authors and works in the canon, with examples
  • Details significant literary periods and how they are defined