Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature


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Which of the following BEST describes the Transcendentalists?

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1. According to the Transcendentalists, what is the 'eternal ONE'?

2. Which Transcendentalist is considered the father of free verse poetry?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of Transcendentalism and American literature. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the Transcendentalist view of the 'eternal ONE' and the force that drives a follower of intuitive thought.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Characteristics of a Transcendentalist
  • The Father of free verse poetry
  • Henry David Thoreau's Walden

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on Transcendentalism and American literature
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding notable Transcendentalist writers
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the concept of intuitive thought

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson titled Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define and identify the characteristics of Transcendentalism
  • Understand the core principles and ideas of the movement
  • Recognize Transcendentalism's impact on American literature
  • Identify key figures associated with Transcendentalism