Nicholaus Copernicus: Accomplishments, Facts & Theory


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Who was Nicholaus Copernicus?

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1. What is the heliocentric model of space?

2. Which of these were characteristic of the Renaissance, the time during which Copernicus worked?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Copernicus was a Polish mathematician and astronomer who lived during the Renaissance period and he is famous for discovering the heliocentric model of space. This quiz and worksheet combo will ask you specific multiple choice questions about his life and work.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to test your knowledge of:

  • Who Nicholas Copernicus was
  • What the heliocentric model of space was
  • Characteristics of the Renaissance
  • On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres
  • The firmament in the heliocentric theory

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Nicholas Copernicus
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the heliocentric model of space
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how a Polish mathematician and astronomer changed the world's view of the universe during the Renaissance

Additional Learning

To learn more about a famous historical astronomer, take a look at the lesson called Nicholas Copernicus: Accomplishments, Facts & Theory. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identifies who Copernicus was
  • Examines his early life and education
  • Describes his work in trying to find the center of the universe
  • Explains the heliocentric theory and model of the universe