Denis Diderot and the Encyclopedia


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Why did Diderot face problems with the initial publication of the Encyclopedia?

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1. How was Diderot introduced to the idea of compiling knowledge?

2. Why were there so many diagrams and drawings in Diderot's encyclopedia?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will display your knowledge of the life and times of writer Denis Diderot.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments you will be tested on:

  • Creation of the Encyclopedia
  • Diderot's colleagues
  • Opposition to the Encyclopedia

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Diderot
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Encyclopedia, including its number of volumes
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the group who opposed the Encyclopedia

Additional Learning

To learn more about Diderot and his influence on 18th century writing, study the accompanying lesson entitled, Denis Diderot and the Encyclopedia. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Details his studies at the University of Paris
  • Explains his early careers which include tutoring and selling books
  • Covers the Enlightenment time period
  • Explores Diderot's thought process behind the Encyclopedia or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Crafts.