What are Quakers? - Definition, Beliefs & History


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Who was the Founder of Quakerism?

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1. Which of the following is an essential doctrine held by Quakers?

2. Which American colony was founded as a safe haven for Quakers?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Like other reformers, the Quakers sought to restructure their faith community and restore individual spirituality to their religious practices. The quiz/worksheet combo will help you check your understanding of Quaker history and their unique set of core beliefs.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The founding of Quakerism
  • The Quaker definition of inner light
  • The egalitarian nature of Quakerism
  • The different Quaker traditions
  • The persecution of Quakers

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the history and beliefs of the Quakers
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge about the Quakers to answer questions about the spread of Quakerism and the persecution of Quakers
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases such as inner light and the Conservative Tradition
  • Making connections - use your understanding of Quaker religious beliefs to examine why other Christian congregations viewed the Quaker movement as a threat

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the Quakers' beliefs and history. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the fundamental beliefs of Quakers
  • Understand the significance of Quaker clothing and manners
  • Define 'peace testimony'
  • Explain William Penn's 'holy experiment'
  • Know the origin of the term Quaker