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. Overall, philosophy was _____ but barren.

2. It is better to try and fail rather than to make _____ on something that cannot work.

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

4. Which of the following promises to remedy the problem by offering repeatable testable methods of inquiry?

5. In the end, the two sides ended up arguing over ______.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Bacon referred to the wisdom of the Greeks? Additionally how does Bacon compare the state of learning to which mythical character?

3. What happens to cause the wanderers to be confused and lost?

4. What is the next step in the work? What tools can be used to accomplish the necessary tasks?

5. Explain the culture needed for an observer.

6. Why did Bacon believed that it was pointless to argue simple human observation?

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

8. Discuss the second part of The Great Instauration and Bacon's plan to define and explain it.

9. Define syllogism and the reason Bacon thought it was inferior to complete the task, which is to make men more forward thinking.

10. What are Bacon's thoughts on the advancement of philosophy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The governor feels very strongly about the rules attached to morality on Bensalem. List some of the rules regarding piety, morality and chastity held by the government of Bensalem. Compare them to the same thoughts in other countries, particularly in Europe. Explain why the governor feels so strongly about this topic.

Essay Topic 2

Define in as much detail as possible the concepts of old logic and new logic. Compare and contrast them to support Bacon's thoughts on the stagnation of thought. Use outside sources to ensure objectivity.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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