Ch 1: Topics in Humanities

About This Chapter

Delve deeper into introductory humanities topics with the video lessons and quizzes included in this chapter. Our instructors can help you explore notable works of art, music and literature from around the world.

Introduction to Humanities Chapter Summary

Whether you're new to the study of humanities or just want some extra instruction in an area that interests you, use the lessons in this chapter to get acquainted with the following topics:

  • Literary forms and movements
  • History of the visual arts
  • Architectural styles
  • Notable filmmakers
  • Dance terminology
  • Philosophy and nonfiction
  • Music history and terminology

These lessons can also be used to supplement our full-length humanities courses, all of which are taught by experienced instructors with expertise in their field.

How to Use this Chapter

Our supplemental lessons can help you excel in your own high school or college humanities course. Use them to study for a test or enhance your understanding of lecture topics and reading assignments. The self-paced videos and transcripts make the material easy to follow, and the short quizzes allow you to check your understanding of each lesson's main ideas.

Topics discussed in this chapter are also designed to complement our full-length humanities courses, which are listed below:

20 Lessons in Chapter 1: Topics in Humanities
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Musical Intelligence: Definition, Experiments & Characteristics

1. Musical Intelligence: Definition, Experiments & Characteristics

What do Michael Jackson, Mozart, and Barbara Streisand all have in common? They all have musical intelligence. Learn more about musical intelligence from examples and test your knowledge with a quiz.

The String Family: Instruments, History & Facts

2. The String Family: Instruments, History & Facts

This lesson looks at the history, construction, and function of the string family instruments of the Western orchestra. The strings form the largest orchestral section and have been called the 'heart' of the modern orchestra.

Dramatic Monologue: Definition & Examples

3. Dramatic Monologue: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will explore the dramatic monologue, a long piece of dialogue by one character that reveals the character's inner feelings, whether it be in a play, poem or novel.

Sonata Form: Definition & Examples

4. Sonata Form: Definition & Examples

This lesson will explore the structure of sonata form, a ground-breaking method of organizing music that was arguably the most dramatic and exciting structural development of the Classical era.

Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

5. Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

Learn about epic poetry in the ancient world. Explore two epic poems, ''Gilgamesh'' and ''The Iliad'' and discover the information these poems contain about the cultures that created them.

Imagery in Poetry: Definition, Examples & Types

6. Imagery in Poetry: Definition, Examples & Types

Explore imagery in poetry, the primary vehicle poets use to transport their readers to a new experience. Learn about different types of imagery through examples and a quiz.

Poetic Devices: Definition, Types & Examples

7. Poetic Devices: Definition, Types & Examples

There are many types of poetic devices that can be used to create a powerful, memorable poem. In this lesson, we are going to learn about these devices and look at examples of how they are used. We will also discuss their purpose to understand the importance of using them effectively.

Ethical Appeal: Definition & Examples

8. Ethical Appeal: Definition & Examples

Find out what an ethical appeal is and the different ways it can make your persuasive writing more effective. Learn about all three appeals used in persuasive writing and take a quiz to test your new knowledge.

Plays by Henrik Ibsen: Themes & Writing Style

9. Plays by Henrik Ibsen: Themes & Writing Style

The Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen wrote some of the world's most enduring, modern plays. However, his life was anything but easy. In this lesson, we will look at the life of Ibsen, his plays, and observe Ibsen's writing style.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: History & Facts

10. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: History & Facts

The Globe Theatre is one of the most popular theatres in the world. There have been a number of plays performed at The Globe Theatre, including many of the plays written by William Shakespeare. Learn more about the theatre, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Cultural Artifact: Definition & Examples

11. Cultural Artifact: Definition & Examples

What does an ancient fertility goddess figurine have in common with a smartphone? What do these items reveal about the civilizations who produced them? This lesson explains what we can learn about people by examining the objects they have made or used in their society.

Aristocrats: Definition & Examples

12. Aristocrats: Definition & Examples

Societies have often been controlled by a small group of families known as aristocrats. Read this lesson to learn some key ideas and read about some examples throughout history.

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci: History, Facts & Location

13. The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci: History, Facts & Location

This lesson discusses the history of the one of the world's most famous paintings, the Mona Lisa. Learn more about Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Book Censorship: History & Statistics

14. Book Censorship: History & Statistics

Whether it's challenging the presence of a book on a library shelf or regulating a publication house, book censorship has existed before the creation of the original printing press. Explore more with a discussion of history and statistics. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

Theocracy: Definition & Examples

15. Theocracy: Definition & Examples

Throughout history, governments have relied on various ideologies to structure bureaucracy. In this lesson, we explore theocracy, a system of government in which the country's religious institutions are closely intertwined with the state.

The 7 Catholic Sacraments: Definition & History

16. The 7 Catholic Sacraments: Definition & History

In this lesson, we will examine the seven Catholic sacraments. First, we will define 'sacrament' in general. Then, we will take a brief look at each of the seven sacraments. Finally, we will explore the history of the sacraments.

The Anointing of the Sick: Definition, History  & Symbols

17. The Anointing of the Sick: Definition, History & Symbols

In this lesson, we will examine the Catholic sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. After defining the sacrament, we will discuss the circumstances under which it is administered, its effects, its symbols, and finally, its history.

What is the Sacrament of Confirmation? - Definition & Symbols

18. What is the Sacrament of Confirmation? - Definition & Symbols

This lesson will cover the Catholic sacrament of Confirmation, taking a close look at the definition and effects of the sacrament, its recipients, its celebration, and its symbols.

Baron De Montesquieu: Ideas, Accomplishments & Facts

19. Baron De Montesquieu: Ideas, Accomplishments & Facts

In this lesson we will learn who Baron de Montesquieu was. Together, we will take a closer look at his history, his personal life and his legacy. We will analyze his works and the impact they have made on legal philosophy and modern-day constitutional law.

Binary Form in Music: Definition & Examples

20. Binary Form in Music: Definition & Examples

In this lesson you will learn about musical form and what defines binary form. You will also learn to identify binary form by looking for repeat signs, tonal modulations, and changes in the melody.

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