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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Natural Sciences.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Wilson say matters in science?
(a) Hypothesis.
(b) Final results.
(c) Publications.
(d) Paradigm shifts.

2. How does Wilson describe the strength of the French Revolution?
(a) It appropriated church lands for the people.
(b) It tried to improve educational opportunities.
(c) It concentrated wealth in a small group's hands.
(d) It led to the rise of Napoleon.

3. That scientific tools does Wilson credit with driving the age of scientific expansion?
(a) Hydraulics, and the ability to transfer power.
(b) Generators, and the ability to create power.
(c) Optics, and the ability to measure.
(d) Vaccines, and the ability to heal.

4. What did Laplace pioneer?
(a) The use of telescopes in astronomy.
(b) The notion of inalienable human rights.
(c) The use of probability in physics.
(d) The use of statistics in politics.

5. How are scientific theories constructed and used within the scientific community, in Wilson's account?
(a) They can be discarded if disproved.
(b) They rely on intuition as much as observable results.
(c) They sketch but never define natural phenomena.
(d) They are made to define eternal laws.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does science seek, in Wilson's account?

2. What does Wilson credit animals with being able to see?

3. How does Wilson characterize the relationship between ecology and ethics?

4. What event marks the end of the Enlightenment, in Wilson's account?

5. What is consilience?

(see the answer key)

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