Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare


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Ben Jonson is a contemporary of which titan of English literature?

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1. Ben Jonson created a large collection of plays, masques and poems during his career which contained all of the following elements except

2. In what English monarch's court did Ben Jonson prosper?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet combo will test your knowledge of English poet and playwright Ben Jonson and his most popular creations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on:

  • Common features of Jonson's work
  • The English monarch court that Ben Jonson thrived with
  • His relationship with William Shakespeare
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge's review of Jonson's writing

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Jonson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the elements of his writing
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about his impact on English literature in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about Jonson's career, review the accompanying lesson on The Works of Ben Jonson. The lesson will feature the following subjects:

  • His position with the theatrical company, The Admiral's Men
  • Comparisons to Shakespeare
  • Jonson's time writing royal masques for James l
  • Influence on the writing world