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Ch 16: GACE English: Ancient & Modern World Literature

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The online video lessons in this chapter could help you to expand your knowledge of and ability to teach ancient and modern world literature. Use what you learn when you answer corresponding questions on the GACE English examination.

GACE English - Ancient and Modern World Literature - Chapter Summary

By way of preparing for the GACE English examination, you could watch this chapter's tutorial video lessons on ancient and modern world literature. You could learn more about the works of Socrates, Aristotle and Plato as well as analyze the novels of famed authors George Orwell and William Golding. Look to this chapter for assistance with:

  • Gaining more knowledge of the plot of Homer's The Iliad
  • Exploring the characters of The Odyssey
  • Describing the plot and important scenes of The Aeneid
  • Discussing the influences of ancient Greek literature on contemporary language and literary works
  • Studying the biography and popular fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen
  • Identifying the central characters of Voltaire's Candide
  • Learning about the themes of The Lord of the Flies and George Orwell's 1984

Through these videos, you'll revisit ancient and modern world literature topics that you studied in college. Review with the assistance of experienced instructors who can also answer your submitted questions on this chapter's material. The lessons include video tags that you can use to pause the lessons or to locate information more quickly. Click on the links to key terms or related lessons, and refer to the written transcripts if necessary. Self-assessment quizzes determine your readiness for some of the questions on the GACE English examination.

GACE English - Ancient and Modern World Literature Objectives

The computer-delivered GACE English examination consists of two tests, which you can take individually or at the same time. You'll be allowed 2.5 hours (including tutorials) to take each test individually. If you're taking Test I and Test II during the same session, you'll have five hours (including tutorials) for completion. Both Test I and Test II include 65 selected-response questions and two constructed-response questions. Worth 37.5% of the test, sub-area one of Test I is titled, Reading for Literature. You will apply your remembrance of this chapter's topics and your previous education when answering questions within this section.

9 Lessons in Chapter 16: GACE English: Ancient & Modern World Literature
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World Literature of the 17th-19th Centuries: Traits, Influences & Famous Works

1. World Literature of the 17th-19th Centuries: Traits, Influences & Famous Works

From the 17th Century to the 19th Century, world literature saw some profound changes. In this lesson, you'll learn about the major trends in the literature of that era, and you'll see four examples of landmark works.

The Iliad: Greek Epic

2. The Iliad: Greek Epic

This lecture traces the history of Greek epics. It then examines the central themes of 'The Iliad': Xenia, Achilles' wrath, and his quest for immortality. The plot of 'The Iliad' is summarized and attention is drawn to themes from the Sumerian tradition.

The Odyssey: Greek Epic

3. The Odyssey: Greek Epic

This lecture provides a rough outline of the exploits of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem ''The Odyssey''. You'll learn plot details about this epic poem, in addition to hearing about how this important tale relates to Greek culture and literary works throughout history.

The Aeneid by Virgil

4. The Aeneid by Virgil

This lesson explores Virgil's 'Aeneid'. It consists of a brief plot synopsis. We stop along the way to look at a few important scenes and offer analysis where necessary.

Impact of Ancient Greek Literature on Modern Literature & Language

5. Impact of Ancient Greek Literature on Modern Literature & Language

In this lesson, you will explore the various ways that ancient Greek literature has impacted our modern language and literature. Then,you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Hans Christian Andersen: Biography & Fairy Tales

6. Hans Christian Andersen: Biography & Fairy Tales

Hans Christian Andersen wrote over 160 fairy tales, many of which have become beloved and classic children's stories. Read about the man behind the fairy tales, and learn about some of his more popular creations.

Voltaire's Candide: Summary & Analysis

7. Voltaire's Candide: Summary & Analysis

Why is this short 18th-Century comedic novel not only an important work of literature but also one of the top-10 banned books of all time? Explore the wacky characters and shocking story line that is one of France's most recognizable contributions to world culture.

Lord of the Flies: Summary, Themes & Analysis

8. Lord of the Flies: Summary, Themes & Analysis

In this lesson, we will summarize William Golding's novel 'Lord of the Flies'. We will then analyze the story by exploring the major themes and characters.

Orwell's 1984: Summary and Analysis

9. Orwell's 1984: Summary and Analysis

In this lesson, we will summarize George Orwell's novel 1984. We will then analyze the themes of the story, as well as the setting, tone, and characters.

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