The Flea: Summary & Analysis


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John Donne's The Flea was published during which period?

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1. The act of the flea sucking blood has become a reference point for the mingling of blood as a metaphor for sexual intimacy in which genre of literature?

2. What does it mean in 'The Flea' when the speaker declares, 'Though use make you apt to kill me, let not to that self-murder added be'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

'The Flea' is an English poem by John Donne, and this quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of the work. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the metaphors and themes of the poem.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Era in which the poem was published
  • Meaning of the line, 'Though use make you apt to kill me, let not to that self-murder added be'
  • Why the woman in the poem wishes to kill the flea

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding 'The Flea' and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify why Donne uses a flea as a metaphor for sexual intimacy

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled 'The Flea': Summary & Analysis. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Review Donne's 'The Flea'
  • Understand the themes and symbolism in the poem
  • Know important lines and their significance