CLEP Humanities : Answering Other Questions About Medieval and Renaissance Drama

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Example Questions

Example Question #33 : Drama

All of the following writers were from the Elizabethan Era in England except __________.

Possible Answers:

John Milton

Christopher Marlowe

Edmund Spenser

William Shakespeare

Ben Johnson

Correct answer:

John Milton


The "Elizabethan Era" refers to England under the reign of Elizabeth I, who ruled from 1558 to 1603. Literature first flowered in England under Elizabeth, and saw the rise of playwrights like Christopher Marlowe and Ben Johnson, poets like Edmund Spenser, and William Shakespeare, who wrote both plays and poems. John Milton, author of Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, wrote during the period of the English Civil War and the Commonwealth, nearly a half decade after Elizabeth's death.

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