1. You will be assigned to a group of even numbers(2,4,6...).

2.  Your first step will be to research both Karl Marx and Fredrick Nietzsche.  Try to focus your research on  ideals/philosophies, works, and influences on society, rather than historical backgrounds. (Resources are provided in the information section of this webquest) 

3.  Your group will be divided into into two subgroups and your subgroup will be assigned a philosopher (Karl Marx or Fredrick Nietzsche)

4.  You and your group must create a questionnaire, consisting of 10 question, that you would ask the other subgroup's assigned philosopher.  (These must be questions that students can answer.  An example of a good question is "What do you think God's role is in the creation of modern society?"  An example of a bad question is "What do you like to eat for breakfast?")

5.  Your group will now organize a debate. Your subgroup will play the role of your philosopher, asking and answering the questions made in the questionnaires as if you and your subgroup were the philosopher himself.  During the debate, the first subgroup will ask a question from their questionnaire.  The opposing subgroup will respond to the question with a one minute and thirty seconds time limit.  The first subgroup will then have 30 seconds to comment on the response: agreeing or disagreeing.  The opposing subgroup will then choose whether or not to rebut the response, depending on situation and time restraint.  You must always remember to stay in character, as if you were Marx or Nietzsche

6.  You and your subgroup will rejoin with the other subgroup and discuss the debate as well as personal opinions concerning the differing philosophies.  This is the time for you to spot any faulty information that the opposing subgroup or your own subgroup used to respond to a question in the debate. This is also the time to add anything you may have wanted to say in the debate. Your teacher will be present and may choose to be a part of the discussion.



An Evaluation of the significance of this webquest

The steps that you the student must complete are created to fuel both research and creative thought.  The following is an analysis of how this is accomplished.

Step 1 is to organize you and others into a webquest team

Step 2 is to give you and your colleages a chance to obtain information and facts, vital to the following steps in the webquest.  Historical notes are not significant to the philisophical information you need to obtain unless you believe it influences the philosopher's beliefs.  What is more important is  the philosopher's ideals (such as nihilism or materialism) and accomplishments. 

Step 3 is to further organize your group in order to perform the debate. 

Step 4 has two purposes.  It is an exercise that will help you analyze how much you really know about the philosopher that you must question; the better you understand your philosopher, the better the questions will be.  However, step 4 is also a precursor to step 5, major part of this webquest.  

Step 5 may be one of the most important parts of this whole webquest.  It is important because it is both an examination concerning how much you know about the philosophers and a method of learning more about philosophy and knowledge in general.  The debate will test your mind as well as reinforce ideals through competition.  Role playing is crucial to this step, because it adds an abstract characteristic to the investigation of philosophy.  Your teacher will partially grade you on performance as well as how well you understand the philosophers.

Step 6 is the step that will tie off all loose ends.  It is the step where, while you further discuss the knowledge you obtained and shared during the debate, you may freely express your thoughts and personal opinions concerning the the philosophers Karl Marx and Fredrick Nietzsche.  This will further promote free thinking and fuel further analysis.  This will only be graded concerning how well you analyzed the two philosophers (The grade will not be completely based on how well you know them, but also on your response to them).    

For ease of use, some links and a questionnaire template are provided below.  Using these links does not guarantee a good score, but proper usage can facilitate the process.


Marx Links:  The History Guide: Karl Marx  The Marxist Internet Archive  The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Karl Marx  Karl Marx Quotations


Nietzsche Links:  The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philsophy: Friedrich Nietzsche  The Perspectives of Nietzsche  Beyond Good and Evil: The Friedrich Nietzsche Archive  Wikipedia: Friedrich Nietzsche


Questionnaire Template:

Questions should focus on each philosophers ideas.  These are not meant  to fool the other group, but rather to spark an honest discourse on the opposing ideas presented.  Questionnaires should be produced as such:



 Question 1:

           (Own philosophers response)


Question 2:

            (Own philosophers response)




Good luck, and happy questing!