Taoist Alchemy: The Elixir of Immortality


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Which of the following practices illustrates the philosophy of Taoism?

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1. From a Western perspective, which of these statements reflects the best understanding of what the word Tao conveys?

2. Which of these is NOT an example of internal alchemy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your understanding of Taoist alchemy and the search for immortality. Some of the things you'll be quizzed on include the man who was poisoned while seeking the Elixir of Immortality and examples of internal alchemy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • What Taoism emphasizes
  • Main belief of the Tao
  • Examples of internal alchemy
  • Man poisoned while seeking the Elixir of Immortality Emperor Shi Huang Di and Emperor Wuzong
  • Definition of alchemy

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Taoism in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as alchemy and the Tao
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Taoist search for immortality
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Elixir of Immortality

Additional Learning

To learn more about this Chinese philosophy, review the related lesson called Taoist Alchemy and The Elixir of Immortality. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define Taoism
  • Learn about alchemy
  • Discuss Taoist focus on internal alchemy
  • Learn about the Taoist search for immortality
  • Discuss the Elixir of Immortality