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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 field does Wilson say philosophers and scientists should collaborate in?
(a) Urban planning.
(b) International relations.
(c) Biology and social sciences.
(d) Conflict resolution.

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

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

4. What does Wilson say we discover when we link social sciences, biology, ethics and environmental policy?
(a) Each field bolsters reasoning in other fields.
(b) Academic research involves similar intellectual work no matter the field.
(c) Fields need to have unified sources of funding.
(d) Fields have their own unique disciplines.

5. What effect does Wilson say evolution had?
(a) It ended the importance of religion.
(b) It changed the social order among men.
(c) It changed the classification of animals.
(d) It revealed the mechanism of God's working.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Wilson say evidence from the natural sciences says about Enlightenment thinkers?

4. Where does the unification of intellectual work have its benefit, in Wilson's account?

5. What did Enlightenment thinkers tried to link, in Wilson's account?

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