A Short History of Nearly Everything Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bill Bryson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Astronomer Edmond Halley approached mathematician Sir Isaac Newton to get his help figuring out why planets:

2. Earth is composed of 8 to 12 larger plates and about how many smaller ones?

3. Pluto is the first planet to be discovered by an:

4. Max Planck ignored those who urged him to avoid physics and ended up doing groundbreaking work on:

5. Tired of climbing hills to study clouds, C. T. R. Wilson invented what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe inner solar system asteroids.

2. Describe some of the theories regarding what might have caused the Big Bang.

3. Who was Bob Christiansen, and how did he determine that Yellowstone is a supervolcano?

4. What happened when Max Planck was advised to study math instead of physics?

5. Describe Albert Einstein before he became well known in the scientific community.

6. Why does Bryson consider Pluto to be an oddity?

7. Summarize what the author says about why it took so long to discover that Pluto has a moon.

8. Why is the term "dinosaurian" a misnomer?

9. What are quarks? How are they categorized and classified?

10. What is the theory of continental drift? Who first proposed this theory, and how was it received?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain what Bryson says about water distribution on our planet. How much is saltwater? How much is fresh water? Describe where the different types of water are distributed throughout the world.

Essay Topic 2

Explain how lead, despite being toxic to humans, found its way into gasoline. Why was safety ignored? Who fought to remove lead from gasoline? Describe this individual, his campaign, and the resistance he met. What was the outcome of his campaign?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the events that led to the discovery of Pluto and later of its moon. Then, describe the debate that went on regarding whether Pluto is a true planet.

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