What is English Literature? - History & Definition


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Which of the following statements is false?

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1. What does the word renaissance mean?

2. To which era does the work of Daniel Defoe belong?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your knowledge of the history of English literature with a printable worksheet and interactive quiz. The practice questions help you identify the most important details about English literature during various periods of history.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Categories that are included in English literature
  • Definition of renaissance
  • Work of Daniel Defoe
  • Importance of studying English literature
  • Period known as Middle English Literature

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the history of English literature
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the changes in literature during the Renaissance
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about notable writers during the English Literature Restoration

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson titled What is English Literature? - History & Definition. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the origins of English literature
  • Recognize the importance of studying English literature
  • Know the characteristics of Middle English Literature and the English Literature Restoration
  • Understand the evolution of literature during the English Renaissance