Biography of Ptolemy: History, Facts & Contributions


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1. Who was Ptolemy?

2. What was the importance of Ptolemy's work on astronomy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ptolemy's major works laid the foundation for the study of several branches of science during the early days of the Roman Empire. This quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge on Ptolemy's works and his role in the history of science.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The role of classical culture throughout history
  • Ptolemy's education and background
  • Ptolemy's contribution to astronomy
  • His innovative approach to geography
  • The Tetrabiblos and its role in the study of astrology

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you understand some of the key theories described in Ptolemy's major works
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge of Ptolomy's theories to answer questions about the history of astronomy, astrology, geography and mathematics
  • Making connections - use your understanding of Ptolemy's work to explain how it affected scientific thought and methods

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Ptolemy and his place in history. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the role of classical science in Western Civilization
  • Learn Ptolemy's role in preserving ancient texts
  • Understand the development of mathematical models to explain the universe
  • Learn about Ptolemy's work on harmonics and optics
  • Know the lasting effect of Ptolemy's work on science