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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is consilience?
(a) An agreed approach to different subjects.
(b) A historical basis for unifying fields of study.
(c) An underlying pattern that tends toward unification.
(d) A proposal for reorganizing departments of knowledge.

2. What benefit does Wilson say consilience has?
(a) It translates science into humanities and vice versa.
(b) It describes the humanities in scientific terms.
(c) It allows facts and theories to be tested.
(d) It provides a Rosetta Stone for the sciences.

3. What did Condorcet pioneer?
(a) The application of statistics to politics.
(b) The notion of innate human rights.
(c) The development of statistical models for economics.
(d) The application of math in social science.

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

5. 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) Streamlined education.
(c) New fields of exploration.
(d) A better understanding of ourselves.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose ideas influenced the formation of the French slogan "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity"?

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

3. What is Wilson ultimately interested in producing with consilience?

4. How does Wilson characterize the current state of knowledge?

5. What two fields did Wilson connect in his theory of unified learning?

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