1.Summarize. In what ways was Britain in the 1800s the most powerful nation on earth?

It had begun conquering a lot of countries, like India or Ireland, which made it gain a lot of political power. The industrial revolution was also in full swing, so the production and sale of new goods were booming, which caused the economy to rise.

2.Analyze. What values of Queen Victoria are reflected in the era that bears her name?

Devotion to one’s duty and hard work, correctness and proper manners, and nationalism.

3.Evaluate. Based on the evidence in the essay, was Queen Victoria well prepared for the throne? Why or why not?

I believe she was prepared to inherit the throne, mainly because she knew the short comings of her predecessors and worked hard to fix the broken system that had caused so may struggles in the past.

4.Restate. What was the significance of the Great Exhibition of 1851?

Its purpose was to display “The Works of Industry of All Nations”.

5.Analyze. In addition to machines, what resource did the Victorian middle class use to make their lives easier?

They employed servants to help run their lavish life styles.

6.Evaluate. Judging from the reforms mentioned, how successful was Victorian Britain in improving social conditions?

I would argue it was extremely successful in improving social conditions, because they took every means necessary to ensure that both adults and children’s life styles where drastically improved, from child labor laws, to schools , to better working conditions.

7.Check understanding. Identify the controversial scientific theories that were first developed during the Victorian era.

The theory that Earth was much older than originally interpreted through the bible, the theory of evolution,

8.Summarize. What is the difference between imperialism and the “Little Englander” viewpoint?

The little Englander view point is based upon the thought that expansion is no longer necessary and imperialism is the view point where expansion is seen as a necessary means to gaining power.

9.Analyze. In what way did reactions of British citizens toward imperialism change over time? Why?

Mainly because thanks to imperialism a lot of colonial conflicts where arising and as the years went by more and more citizens sided with Morris and the “Little Englander” viewpoint.

10.Check understanding. Describe the significance of Disraeli, Gladstone, sepoys, and the empress of India.

Disraeli and Gladstone posed opposite views on imperialism.  The sepoys where a group of rebels that took action against the British conquest, but ultimately led to the British Parliament’s upheaval of control from British East India Company and instead had it be ruled directly by the British Government. The empress of India was a title that Queen Victoria that Disraeli persuaded the queen to take up.

11.Analyze. In what way were early Victorian poets out of step with their times?

12.Summarize. Why did middle-class Victorian readers enjoy realism?

Because they wanted to read about people who went through the same struggles as they did and about real-life situations, all in all, something that they could relate to.

13.Analyze. What factors account for the fact that many inferior Victorian novels were published in addition to the great novels of that period?

Because the working class thoroughly enjoyed them, mainly because they told stories that though not completely realistic held up some elements of reality, which made them somewhat relatable. Also, they cost a penny (enough said).

14.Check understanding. Explain ways that psychological realism differs from earlier forms of realistic fiction.

15.Restate. What was a “three-decker” novel and why were such novels popular in Victorian times?

They were novels so large that they had to be divided into three volumes, they were popular because readers had the time and attention span to read them. Often families would read to each other and would laugh at the exploits of the characters.

16.Analyze. What was the role of nonfiction in Victorian society?

Victorians where vary curious about the daily changes occurring all over the world, and chose to read nonfiction for pleasure.

17.Synthesize. In what ways is Victorian nonfiction different from or similar to contemporary nonfiction? Explain.

18.Analyze. What two contrasting views of life competed in late Victorian times?

The realistic and pessimistic point of view that faced the harsh reality people where living in head on and the optimistic and fictional point of view which opened itself up to fantastic, but fictional worlds.


19.Evaluate. Can escapist literature, such as science fiction, children’s books, or witty comedy, also have serious meaning? Explain.

Yes, I believe that most if not all texts no matter how childish, fictitious or funny they can carry some sort of underlying meaning that can ultimately be interpreted and understood by the reader.