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Thomas More


Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1516

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Reading Questions & Paired Texts

Reading Check and Short Answer Questions on key points are designed for guided reading assignments, in-class review, formative assessment, quizzes, and more.


Reading Check

1. Who are named as the authors of the two poems at the beginning of the text?

2. To whom does Thomas More say he is sending the manuscript of his book?

3. What essential piece of information does More ask Peter Gilles to get from Raphael Nonsenso?

4. To whom is Peter Gilles’s letter addressed?

Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. Why does More say that he is unsure whether he should publish his book?

2. Why does Peter Gilles not know the location of Utopia?

3. How does Peter Gilles explain the absence of Utopia in any geographical work?

4. What does Peter Gilles ask Busleiden for?

Paired Resource

Freedom, the State, and the Individual” by Sir John Baker

  • This academic article discusses the concepts of freedom, the state, and the individual during the Tudor period.
  • This connects to the theme of Individual Freedoms and the Common Good.
  • How do More and Gilles present the publication of Utopia as being in the interest of individual freedoms and the common good?