Edgar Lee Masters and the Spoon River Anthology Poems: Characters, Analysis & Summary


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Which of the following statements about the poems in The Spoon River Anthology is FALSE?

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1. What is free verse?

2. Why was The Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters so shocking at the time it was written?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These study tools will help you gauge your knowledge of Edgar Lee Masters' book of poetry entitled Spoon River Anthology. You will be quizzed on the two poems covered in the lesson as well as the format, style, and reception of the anthology itself.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The practice questions will ask you about the following:

  • Characteristic(s) of the anthology
  • Definition of free verse
  • Why Spoon River Anthology shocked people upon publication
  • What the poem 'Amanda Barker' is about
  • Why Deacon Taylor is a hypocrite

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Spoon River Anthology in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding major themes in the anthology
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the poems in the anthology and their characteristics

Additional Learning

To learn more about this poetry collection, review the related lesson titled Edgar Lee Masters and the Spoon River Anthology Poems: Characters, Analysis & Summary. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the format of Spoon River Anthology
  • Define free verse
  • Discuss Masters' life
  • Review the poems 'Amanda Barker' and 'Deacon Taylor'
  • Discuss the theme of secrets in 'Amanda Barker'
  • Explore the theme of hypocrisy