Milton's Paradise Lost: Summary, Theme, and Quotes


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Milton's Paradise Lost is primarily about which Biblical event?

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1. Even though Satan is, in theory, a really bad guy, why might Milton sympathize with him in 'Paradise Lost?'

2. In Milton's 'Paradise Lost,' whom does Satan directly tempt (while in the form of a serpent) to get revenge on God and mankind?

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

Roughly 350 years after it was originally published, Paradise Lost still baffles readers and critics alike. Use the practice questions in this quiz and worksheet combo to assess your knowledge of Milton's themes, main characters and inspiration in this piece.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In this assessment, you will be tested on:

  • Source of the plot for Paradise Lost
  • Satan's qualities in the poem that make him a sympathetic character
  • Who Satan lures to sin in the poem
  • Redemption offered at the end of the poem
  • Other writers whose work influenced Milton

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the synopsis and themes of Milton's Paradise Lost
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained about redemption at the poem's end
  • Making connections- link your understanding of Satan and his role in the poem

Additional Learning

To learn more about this work, review the lesson on Milton's Paradise Lost: Summary, Theme, and Quotes. Objectives addressed include:

  • Understand how Milton's political stance may be interpreted in regards to the poem
  • Recognize the significance of Milton's portrayal of Satan as the anti-hero
  • Differentiate between the explicit message of obedience to God and the implicit contradictions present in the poem
  • Understand the stylistic and thematic aspects of this epic poem