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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. What claims do philosophers make for the unification of knowledge?
(a) That it can resolve issues the sciences cannot answer.
(b) That it can reduce the need for science.
(c) That scientific solutions are incomplete without the humanities.
(d) That it can bring more peace to political conflicts.

2. What might be a consequence of the unification of knowledge, in Wilson's account?
(a) A new sense of what divides mankind against itself.
(b) A better understanding of ourselves.
(c) New fields of exploration.
(d) Streamlined education.

3. 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 inevitability of progress.
(c) A discussion of the equality of genders.
(d) A discussion of the conscience and society.

4. What is the only way to get a clear picture of the world, in Wilson's account?
(a) To integrate natural science with social sciences and humanities.
(b) To separate humanities from natural science.
(c) To add philosophy and ethics to all natural sciences.
(d) To divorce the natural science from social sciences.

5. What does Wilson say he was searching for as a young man?
(a) Revelation.
(b) Mythical experience.
(c) Meaning.
(d) Objective reality.

Short Answer Questions

1. Einstein recognized what in his discoveries, in Wilson's account?

2. How did Wilson react against the religion he inherited?

3. What effect does Wilson say evolution had?

4. What is consilience?

5. What was Wilson's relationship with the term 'Consilience'?

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