Ch 8: GACE English: Context in Literary Works

About This Chapter

Use our lessons and quizzes to boost your understanding of context in literary works. These lessons provide the materials you need to prepare for related questions on the GACE English test.

GACE English: Context in Literary Works - Chapter Summary

Let us refresh your memory of the knowledge and skills needed to consider literature in a historical and cultural context. The lessons in this chapter cover the following:

  • Interpreting literary works in context
  • Discussing the use of literature as a form of expression
  • Explaining literature as a response to cultural events and conditions
  • Examining the influence of an author's life on their writing
  • Introducing major critics and movements in literary theory

Our experienced instructors break down the complexity of understanding literary works in context into easy-to-grasp components. Video lessons are less than 10 minutes long and can be re-watched multiple times. Lesson transcripts offer an additional way to review the lesson materials.

GACE English: Context in Literary Works - Chapter Objectives

The GACE English test is required by the state of Georgia for prospective educators seeking to teach English in Georgia public schools. The test consists of two parts, each of which includes 65 selected-response questions and 2 constructed-response questions. The test is computer delivered and testing time is two hours each for Test I and Test II.

Each test is divided into content subareas. Questions about context in literary works are found on Test I under the reading for literature subarea. This subarea accounts for 37.5% of Test I questions. Our lessons and chapter exam provide an effective method to ensure you correctly answer context in literary works questions on the GACE English test.

5 Lessons in Chapter 8: GACE English: Context in Literary Works
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Interpreting Works in Context

1. Interpreting Works in Context

In this lesson, we will learn how to interpret a written work in its context. We will explore the historical context, biographical context, context of language and form, and context of the reader.

Literature as a Form of Expression

2. Literature as a Form of Expression

In this lesson, you'll learn how to distinguish literary texts from other types of texts. You'll also explore how authors might use literature to express their culture, values and ideas.

Literature as a Response to Culture

3. Literature as a Response to Culture

This lesson analyzes how literature responds to various aspects of culture, such as historical events, social conditions, scientific developments, and religious movements. This lesson offers examples from British and American literature.

How an Author's Life Influences Literary Works

4. How an Author's Life Influences Literary Works

Every day, your gender, race, and other lifestyle factors affect what you think and how you act. This lesson describes the same phenomenon of how an author's personal life and background can influence his writing. We will explore the works of several different authors to see this in action.

Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

5. Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

When you hear the word 'theory,' your mind probably darts to the sciences - the theory of relativity, the theory of gravity, etc. Did you know that literature, too, is full of theory? Check out this lesson to get a basic primer on just what literary theory is, and how you might apply it.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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