Milton's Samson Agonistes: Summary & Analysis


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'Samson Agonistes' is written in what kind of poetic form?

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1. Which of these is NOT a character in 'Samson Agonistes'?

2. Which theme does 'Samson Agonistes' share with Milton's great epic poem, 'Paradise Lost'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Samson Agonistes begins in the middle of the biblical story with the defeated and humiliated character of Samson blind, imprisoned and tormented by inner conflict. This quiz and worksheet will help you understand the plot, characters and themes of Samson Agonistes, Milton's use of elements of Greek tragedy and the parallels between the poet and the poem.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz focuses on the following aspects of Samson Agonistes:

  • The characters and their roles
  • Similarities between Samson Agonistes and Paradise Lost
  • Milton's vision of tragedy as a literary device
  • The theme of blindness
  • Characteristics of Milton's poetry

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - ensure that you can read a summary and analysis of Samson Agonistes and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to examine the themes presented in Samson Agonistes
  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the plot and style of Samson Agonistes

Additional Learning

For more insight into this dramatic poem, read the accompanying lesson, Milton's Samson Agonistes: Summary & Analysis. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe the similarities between Samson Agonistes and classical Greek tragedy
  • Explain dramatic poem's religious themes
  • Understand Milton's portrayal of violence
  • Summarize the plot of Samson Agonistes
  • Explain Milton's symbolic use of blindness