Samuel Johnson

The Writer and His Background

 

1. What handicaps hampered Johnson's progress despite his brilliance?

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2. Does Johnson's writing suggest the wide range of his learning?  Give evidence to support your answer.

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3. How was Johnson famous as a public figure?

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4. How would you describe Johnson's political, religious, and artistic views?  Give reasons.

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5. Oliver Goldsmith's statement that "if you (Johnson) were to  make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales" indicates what about Johnson?

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