Voltaire: Philosophy & Works Video


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Voltaire belonged to a historical and philosophical movement called the:

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1. Which of the following would Voltaire have been skeptical of?

2. Voltaire's most famous work is:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Although he is best known for his novel that follows the adventures of a young hero whose ideas and perceptions of the world are continually tested by man's cruelty and fate's indifference, Voltaire also wrote poetry, plays, and histories marked by stinging sarcasm and insightful criticism. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the foundation of Voltaire's philosophical views, his opinions on politics and organized religion, and his reputation as one of the most powerful voices of the 18th-century intellectual era.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Voltaire's famous works
  • Skepticism in Voltaire's writing
  • Facts about Voltaire's life
  • Subjects of his critiques
  • Voltaire and the 18th century

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of Voltaire to answer questions about his philosophical views and major works
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the historical and philosophical movement in which Voltaire was involved
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related humanities lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Voltaire: Philosophy & Works. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the scope of Voltaire's philosophy and literary achievements
  • Know some of his major works
  • Understand some of the factors that characterized the Enlightenment
  • Define empirical thinking
  • Explain how Voltaire and his works represent the Enlightenment