On My First Son by Ben Jonson: Summary, Theme & Analysis


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Which characteristic determines whether a poem is an epigram?

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1. Why is 'On My First Son' by Ben Jonson an elegy?

2. What do you call the form in 'On My First Son,' in which the syllables alternate between unstressed and stressed in five pairs per line?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

'On My First Son' is a poem written by Ben Johnson. Use this quiz and worksheet to assess your understanding of the poem, including its themes and form.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test students on the following:

  • Characteristic of an epigram
  • 'On My First Son' as an elegy
  • Alternating unstressed and stressed syllables in five pairs per line
  • Themes in the poem

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the structure of 'On My First Son'
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can define main terms such as epigram and elegy
  • Reading comprehension - draw the most important information from the related English lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled 'On My First Son' by Ben Jonson: Summary, Theme & Analysis. Objectives covered include:

  • Understand why Ben Johnson wrote the poem 'On My First Son'
  • Review a summary of the poem
  • Understand the themes in the poem
  • Review an analysis of 'On My First Son'