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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Great Branches of Learning.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Wilson characterize the relationship between consilience and the material world?
(a) He says that consilience can only be seen through a philosophical lens.
(b) He says it can only be known through language.
(c) He says that consilience is a sublime concept that can never be presented in fact.
(d) He says it is implicit.

2. Where did Wilson develop the idea of unified learning?
(a) In his writings on religion.
(b) In his research on ants.
(c) During his childhood.
(d) During his science studies.

3. What is Wilson ultimately interested in producing with consilience?
(a) Order.
(b) Freedom.
(c) Efficiency.
(d) Opportunity.

4. What interpret does Wilson give the myth of Icarus?
(a) It represents man's daring.
(b) It represents the benefit of age and wisdom.
(c) It represents the value of learning over freedom.
(d) It represents man's tragic nature.

5. What does Wilson use the discussion of the unity of species to prepare for?
(a) A discussion of the unity of sciences.
(b) A discussion of the conscience and society.
(c) A discussion of the equality of genders.
(d) A discussion of the inevitability of progress.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is consilience?

2. What is the relationship between politicians and intellectuals, in Wilson's account?

3. What benefit does Wilson say consilience has?

4. Who proposed the idea of unity of species that follow a few simple laws?

5. What might be a consequence of the unification of knowledge, in Wilson's account?

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