CLEP Humanities : Analyzing the Content of Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Poetry

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Example Question #1 : Analyzing The Content Of Seventeenth And Eighteenth Century Poetry

John Milton’s Paradise Lost features which figure as its main character?

Possible Answers:



Jesus Christ


The angel Gabriel

Correct answer:



The very first character introduced into Milton's narrative in Paradise Lost is Satan. While telling the story of Adam and Eve in a new way, the narrative unfolds from Satan's perspective. Milton's epic poem has greatly contributed to the character of Satan in the Western literary tradition.

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