Influence of the Enlightenment on Democratic Thought


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Which of the following was an intellectual movement emphasizing reason, individualism, skepticism, and science that took place between the late 17th to early 19th century?

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1. Who formulated the concept of tabula ras and helped develop the social contract theory?

2. Jill asked you to look over the notes she took in class. She made a mistake. Which statement below Jill needs to strike from her notes because it is in error?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of the Enlightenment and democratic thought. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include direct products of the Enlightenment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of key terms such as:

  • Tabula rasa
  • When the Enlightenment took place
  • Social contract theory

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the Enlightenment and democratic thought
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the development of democracy
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Enlightenment's influence on America's founding fathers

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson Influence of the Enlightenment on Democratic Thought. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the characteristics of democracy
  • Define the Enlightenment
  • Identify John Locke's influence on the Declaration of Independence
  • Understand the concept of Enlightened Absolutism