Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets


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Which of the following is Edmund Spenser's most famous work?

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1. During which period did Spenser write?

2. Upon whose legends did Spenser base 'The Faerie Queene'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments will test you on the writings of Edmund Spenser, including the epic The Faerie Queen as well as his other sonnets. Some of the things you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the period in which he wrote and his political purpose in writing The Faerie Queen.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The practice questions will ask you about the following:

  • Edmund Spenser's most famous work
  • Period in which Spenser wrote
  • Legends The Faerie Queen is based on
  • Political purpose of The Faerie Queen
  • Name of Spenser's famous sonnet cycle

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Edmund Spenser in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the period in which Spenser wrote
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about The Faerie Queen

Additional Learning

To learn more about this author, review the accompanying lesson called Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about Edmund Spenser and the Spenserian stanza
  • Review the plot and use of allegory in The Faerie Queen
  • Define epic
  • Discuss the reception of The Faerie Queen and explore how the poem fits into the larger literary culture
  • Familiarize yourself with a sampling of Spenser's sonnets and essays