Stoicism & The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius


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What is the only thing that can contribute to our unhappiness, according to stoic philosophy?

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1. When we use the term stoic today, what meaning does this have in common with the ancient philosophy?

2. Which of the following reflect ideas from stoicism?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help evaluate your understanding of the lesson on The Meditations, a famous writing in ancient philosophy. Some of the concepts that you will be assessed on include the meaning of stoicism and Aurelius' philosophy of human life.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Happiness and unhappiness according to stoic philosophy
  • Modern usage of the term stoic
  • Examples of ideas from stoicism
  • Aurelius' perspective on the role of humans in the cosmos
  • The belief of Aurelius about how humans should view each other

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw out the most important information from the related lesson on Aurelius' diary, The Meditations
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define stoicism
  • Making connections - understand how the Aurelius presented a unique way of looking at life

Additional Learning

To learn more about Aurelius and stoicism, review the accompanying lesson on Marcus Aurelius' Stoicism & The Meditations. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the famous philosopher Marcus Aurelius
  • Discuss major tenets of stoic philosophy
  • Examine how Aurelius viewed the role of humans in the universe