Schools of Philosophy in Antiquity: Cynics, Epicureans & Stoics


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What did Stoics and Cynics have in common?

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1. What did all three schools of philosophy (Cynics, Stoics, Epicureans) have in common?

2. How did the Epicureans seek to fight fear and attain calmness of the soul?

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About This & Worksheet

These assessments are available for you to test your knowledge of the cynic, stoic and epicurean schools of philosophy. Quiz questions will ask you to identify characteristics and beliefs of the three schools.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your ability to correctly match the schools of philosophy to the following traits:

  • Founded by Zeno of Citium
  • Believed a good life and true happiness could be found in virtue and self-sufficiency
  • Its followers were viewed as rebels
  • Held the belief that the key to true happiness is pleasure

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows you to test the following comprehension skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related philosophy lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as cynic, epicurean and stoic philosophies
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the characteristics of the three schools of philosophy in antiquity

Additional Learning

Learn more about the schools of philosophy in antiquity in the accompanying lesson called Schools of Philosophy in Antiquity: Cynics, Epicureans & Stoics. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discover three ancient schools of philosophy
  • Define asceticism
  • Examine the traits of each school