Francis Bacon: History, Ideas and Legacy


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Which of the following is NOT true of Sir Francis Bacon?

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1. Why did Francis Bacon believe it was important to control factors in experiments?

2. Francis Bacon's book 'New Atlantis' was:

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Although Francis Bacon had a long and controversial political career, he is best known for advocating the use of scientific method and observation, rather than religious doctrine, to understand and explain the natural world. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you understand Bacon's beliefs and faith in science and how he set the foundation for modern scientific inquiry.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Bacon's view of the role and value of experimentation
  • 'New Atlantis'
  • Examples of Bacon's approach to scientific questions
  • Bacon's philosophy of science
  • Francis Bacon's vision of natural world

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on Francis Bacon and his contribution to science
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define main ideas such as scientific method, scientific revolution and ''The New Atlantis''
  • Making connections - examine why Bacon's ideas were met with resistance during his lifetime
  • Knowldge application - use your knowledge to explain Bacon's role in the 16th and 17th conflict between science and faith

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Francis Bacon. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the role of faith and science during Francis Bacon's time
  • Explain Bacon's vision of nature
  • Know Bacon's view of the role of experimentation in understanding the natural world
  • Explain scientific method
  • Understand Bacon's view of the role of science in civilization