The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster: Summary, Analysis & Themes


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John Webster's plays, such as The Duchess of Malfi, most closely resemble the plays of what Roman playwright

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1. John Webster was a younger contemporary of what famous playwright?

2. The Duchess of Malfi portrays corruption by a clergy member of what religion?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Webster's The Duchess of Malfi reflects many of the sentiments prevalent at the time. The quiz/worksheet questions you on when the play was written, who else was writing at the time and more.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz/worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Style Webster used when he wrote the play
  • Identity of his most notable contemporary
  • Tool a major character used to commit a murder

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of 17th century England to identify the times in which Webster was writing
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about an important character's religion
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the murder weapon

Additional Learning

For further study, access the lesson titled The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster: Summary, Analysis & Themes. This lesson covers the following:

  • Trace the themes of violence and revenge that run through the play
  • Explain Webster's choice of his villain and the murder weapon
  • Discuss the role of women's rights, or lack of them, in the play
  • Understand the religious aspects of the play and the times