The Age of Innocence: Summary, Themes & Analysis


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The Age of Innocence was written by

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Age of Innocence explores the social values, rules and constraints that defined the lives of wealthy Americans during the latter part of the 19th century. This lesson summarizes the plot, and examines the novel's characters and themes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

As part of these assessments on The Age of Innocence, you'll be quizzed on the following aspects of the novel:

  • The novel's setting
  • Central conflict in the novel
  • Dilemma examined through the character of Ellen
  • Surprise twist in the plot
  • Critical reaction to the novel and author

Skills Practiced

The practice quiz allows students to use these skills:

  • Interpreting information - ensure you can read a summary of The Age of Innocence and correctly interpret the novel's characters and plot
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained on the novel's author
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain the relationships and conflicts described in the novel

Additional Learning

For more information and insight into this novel, read the lesson, The Age of Innocence : Summary, Themes & Analysis. This lesson features the following objectives:

  • Explain the central themes of the literary piece
  • Understand the novel's place in American literature
  • Describe the social forces at work in the novel
  • Compare and contrast the female characters and what they represent