Introduction to W.B. Yeats: Life and Poetry


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What is W.B. Yeats' most famous poem?

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The Second Coming is said to be:

A) A reflection of Europe post-World War I.

B) A metaphysical treatise on the nature of reality.

C) A poem about fairies.

2. Which of the following is among Yeats' political accomplishments?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo gauge your understanding of William Butler Yeats' life and poetry. You will be quizzed on his political accomplishments, his most famous poem, and the characteristics of stages of his poetry.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Yeats' political beliefs and accomplishments
  • Characteristics of the poet's middle period
  • The meaning and interpretation of Yeats' poem 'The Second Coming'

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on W.B. Yeats
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding W.B. Yeats' achievements
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Yeats' most well-known poem

Additional Learning

To learn more about W.B. Yeats, review the corresponding lesson on the life and poetry of W.B. Yeats. This lesson will help you:

  • Learn Yeats' political beliefs and accomplishments
  • Recognize key characteristics of the three periods of Yeats' poetry
  • Identify Yeats' most famous poem
  • Interpret Yeats' poem 'The Second Coming'