New Atlantis ; and, the Great Instauration Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a "procemium?"

2. In ordinary logic, _____ reigns.

3. Which is not one of the parts of the plan?

4. It is stated that the author believes that men tend to misunderstand their _____.

5. Francis Bacon believes that it is ____ for him to write the following work.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Bacon's advice to the people who would spend the majority of their time reading books on arts and sciences?

2. Why did Bacon feel experiments were necessary to prove one's logic?

3. What is the opinion of the average man regarding the advancement of sciences?

4. What is the role of the modern logician? What does Bacon want to change about the process?

5. How did Bacon explain why it was necessary to observe everything?

6. What was Bacon's way of counteracting the ways of the ancients?

7. Explain the fourth, fifth and sixth parts of the text.

8. Bacon says that there is only way out of stagnation. What is it and why is it important?

9. Briefly describe the overall purpose and any of the first part title "The Divisions of the Sciences."

10. What steps has Bacon taken to devote himself wholly to his philosophy and to eliminate distractions from the outside world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine in detail the myriad projects being executed by the Fathers and others at Salomon's House. Choose at least five and compare them to modern day techniques, methods, and experiments.

Essay Topic 2

Bacon has a great deal to say about nature. Nature offers clues to man as to how things work in a logical sense. Should nature be trusted over ideas and/or reason? Explain. What types of clues can man receive from nature? Why does Bacon say that man is nature's servant? Do you believe that man is subject to nature's causes, actions and whims? Explain and give examples of each.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss in detail the rules and regulations on Bensalem regarding immigrants, guests, and travelers. Which are laws and which are customs? What was the collective reaction of the sailors when they learned of these ways? Why did the one man refuse to be paid for lodging, food, and other goods? How did the state raise so much money? What can be learned from the way Bensalem was operated?

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