Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works


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What does the term Renaissance refer to?

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1. Which of these English Renaissance figures was a well-known precise playwright, whose works include 'Volpone'?

2. How did the printing press help propagate literary culture in the English Renaissance?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

During the Renaissance, art and architecture rose to new heights in Italy, but England was the hub of literary achievement. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand some of the historical factors that fostered the English Renaissance, as well as some of the leading literary voices of the era.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The meaning of the term Renaissance
  • Major literary figures of the English Renaissance
  • Christopher Marlowe's play about selling one's soul to the devil
  • The invention that boosted literary culture in the English Renaissance
  • The 'father of empiricism'

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you've gained to answer questions about the literature and authors of the Renaissance
  • Defining key comcepts - ensure that you can define key terms, such as metaphysical poetry and masque
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the English Renaissance to explain how the invention of the printing press contributed to the era's literary achievements

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Renaissance literature authors and works. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the social and economic background of the English Renaissance
  • Know some of the major authors and their works
  • Understand Philip Sidney's contribution to literature
  • Know the different types of Renaissance literature
  • Understand Francis Bacon's contribution to science