Atomism: Natural Philosophy and Lucretius


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Lucretius was _____.

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1. Atomism holds that _____.

2. Lucretius patterned many of his beliefs after those of which Greek philosopher?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Lucretius' philosophical beliefs not only held great influence on culture, but also on scientific principles that we hold to be true today. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of Lucretius' theories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Who Lucretius was
  • Lucretius' core belief
  • What atomism is
  • Influences on Lucretius
  • Summation of On the Nature of Things

Skills Practiced

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

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about Lucretius and his theories
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, including what atomism is
  • Making connections - correlate your knowledge of Lucretius' writing and theories to summarize his beliefs expressed in specific texts
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Lucretius' theoretical principles

Additional Learning

To learn more about Lucretius, review the accompanying lesson called Atomism: Natural Philosophy and Lucretius. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explains the core beliefs Lucretius held in his theoretical principles
  • Covers crucial writings detailing Lucretius' theories
  • Explains the influence of Lucretius on modern science and culture