Oliver Wendell Holmes: Biography, Poems & Quotes


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Which of these members of the Holmes family is most recognized for his contributions to literature?

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1. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. originally pursued what career?

2. Holmes composed a poem in an effort to save what famous naval vessel from the scrap heap?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Discover what you know about the legacy of Oliver Wendell Holmes when you use this interactive quiz and printable worksheet. Test your comprehension of topics covered in the lesson, such as Holmes' background, his legacy, and some of his most famous works.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz will assess your knowledge of the following concerning Oliver Wendell Holmes:

  • His primary career
  • Purpose of his poem 'Old Ironsides'
  • Famous quotes from his works
  • His and his contemporaries' influence

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about this famous American poet
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Holmes' work and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the group of writers to which Holmes belonged

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson called Oliver Wendell Holmes: Biography, Poems & Quotes will prepare you to:

  • Describe his education and the influence of his travels
  • List some of his major poems and describe their themes
  • Recite the famous quotes listed in the lesson