The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics


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The Presocratics were mostly concerned with explaining

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1. The first 3 Greek philosophers were called the Monists because they believed in

2. How was Heraclitus different from most of the Presocratics?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet can help to solidify your understanding of the lesson on the origin of philosophy and the Presocratics. You will be assessed on the respective focuses of early philosophers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz covers:

  • Philosophical focus of the Presocratics
  • Characteristics of the first three philosophers
  • Pythagoras' views on the universe
  • Concept of change as a constant
  • Influence of the Presocratics on modern scientific theories

Skills Practiced

Test your proficiency in the following skills with this quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the origin of philosophy and the Presocratics
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the first three Greek philosophers
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key figures, such as Zeno and Democritus
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of the Presocratics

Additional Learning

Understand more about this topic by reviewing the accompanying lesson called The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics. Learning goals of the lesson include:

  • Identify the major discoveries of the first philosophers
  • Understand the beliefs and perspectives of early philosophers
  • Recognize the early schools of philosophical thought
  • Understand the influence of the Presocratics on modern scientific theories