Iambic Pentameter: Definition & Examples - Quiz & Worksheet


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An iamb is:

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1. Iambic pentameter is a line of poetry consisting of how many feet of stressed and unstressed syllables?

2. Shakespeare often used iambic pentameter in his _____

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Iambic pentameter is a way of constructing sentences on the basis of the stresses on alternating syllables and the number of syllables in a line. With this quiz/worksheet combo, you can find out what you know about iambic pentameter and how it may be used to construct sentences. Some things you'll be assessed on include iambs, pentameter, and their usage in poetry.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of an 'iamb'
  • The definition of 'pentameter'
  • Shakespeare's use of iambic pentameter
  • How iambic pentameter should be read
  • What effect iambic pentameter has upon a poem

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as 'iamb' and 'pentameter'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the number of feet in iambic pentameter
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the usage and effects of iambic pentameter in poetry

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson called Iambic Pentameter: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understanding and identifying an iamb.
  • Understanding and identifying pentameter
  • Identifying famous examples of iambic pentameter
  • Analyzing the effect of iambic pentameter on poetry