Desiderius Erasmus: Theological, Political & Economic Ideas


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Erasmus belonged to which nationality?

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1. In what year did Martin Luther nail his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany?

2. The Renaissance emphasized the art and culture of which two civilizations?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Erasmus was a Dutch priest, scholar and renaissance humanist who wrote extensively on many topics and whose translations of the New Testament into both Greek and Latin made him a 16th century intellectual celebrity. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the views Erasmus held on church corruption and the critical question of free will, and how his ideas contributed to the debate that led to the Protestant Reformation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Key facts about the life and education of Erasmus
  • Important dates in the Protestant Reformation
  • Erasmus and his view of Martin Luther
  • The German Peasant War
  • The definition of Renaissance humanism

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Erasmus, his ideas and contributions to Renaissance scholarship
  • Defining key concepts - accurately define key terms such as Renaissance Humanism, Protestant Reformation and German Peasant War
  • Distingushing differences - compare and contrast the views of Erasmus and Martin Luther on free will
  • Making connections - examine how humanism influenced Erasmus and his ideas on free will

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Erasmus and the ideas he contributed to the major debates of his day. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the perspective of humanism
  • Know the significance of the debate on free will
  • Understand how Erasmus viewed Martin Luther
  • Know key dates related to the Protestant Reformation
  • Understand how Erasmus contributed to classical scholarship