Ben Jonson's The Masque Of Blackness: Summary & Concept


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Who asked Ben Jonson to write The Masque of Blackness?

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1. In The Masque of Blackness, what part of the masquers costumes were particularly controversial, especially to a modern audience?

2. Why are the nymphs in search of Britannia in The Masque of Blackness?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Masque of Blackness is a play by Ben Jonson. This quiz will ask you questions about the play, as well as its controversial nature.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be asked to:

  • Know who requested Ben Jonson to write The Masque of Blackness
  • Understand what part of the actors' costumes is considered controversial my modern standards
  • Remember why the nymphs search for Britannia
  • Recognize the elements that make a play a masque
  • Determine why Niger changes course

Skills Practiced

You'll use the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use what you know about The Masque of Blackness to answer questions abut the controversial nature of the actors' costumes
  • Distinguishing differences - be able to tell the difference between elements that do and do not make a play a masque
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you take away the most important information from the related lesson on The Masque of Blackness

Additional Learning

For more information on this play, read the related lesson called Ben Jonson's The Masque of Blackness: Summary & Concept. The lesson goes over the following learning objectives:

  • Learn about Jonson's relation to William Shakespeare
  • Name The Masque of Blackness's sequel
  • Identify key characters from the play