Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course


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Why does it matter what literary period a work is written in?

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1. T.S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land' is a crucial example of which period?

2. Which list puts 3 literary movements in the correct order?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Literature is an evolving field of written works defined by popular trends, and many of these major landmarks in literary history are assigned to literary periods. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of literary periods.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The origins of English literature
  • The names of major literary movements
  • Major works that are associated with specific literary periods
  • How literary periods are defined

Skills Practiced

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

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding literary periods and major literary works
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about major movements in literature
  • Making connections - correlate literary periods with their defining works
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, such as Modernism versus Postmodernism

Additional Learning

To learn more about literary periods and the major defining works attributed to them, review the accompanying lesson on the history of literary periods. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Covers the history of English literature
  • Explains the method of defining a literary period
  • Covers the major literary periods
  • Details the unique works that define their literary movements