Taoism & Legalism in the Chinese Zhou Dynasty


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Why would Confucianism grow out of a period of warfare and turmoil?

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1. How were Taoism and Confucianism able to complement each other?

2. How did the concepts of Fa and Li differ from each other?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Taoism and Legalism were two influential philosophies of the Zhou Dynasty, and this quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of this chapter in history. Learn about the principles of these philosophies and their impact upon China.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following:

  • Dominant philosophy during the Zhou period
  • Philosophy that worked well with Confucianism
  • Concept of Fa
  • Taoism's great philosopher

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related world history lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Chinese philosophy
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify how Legalism was used to prevent bad government

Additional Learning

To learn more about Chinese philosophy, review the accompanying lesson titled Taoism & Legalism in the Chinese Zhou Dynasty. The lesson addresses these learning objectives:

  • Understand major Chinese philosophies
  • Define key terms
  • Learn the history of the Zhou Dynasty
  • Understand the cultural impact of Taoism and Legalism