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. The fifth part includes things Bacon had discovered through the ordinary use of ______.

2. Which of the following are said to have had no role except for in mechanics?

3. Which type of history is ideal to build a foundation for philosophy?

4. Bacon believes that the meeting between the two entities must return to its _______.

5. What is a "procemium?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the fault of the ancients regarding philosophy?

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

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

4. Explain the culture needed for an observer.

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

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

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

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

9. Why did Francis Bacon apologize to King James I in his dedication to "The Great Instauration?" What did Bacon say?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Observation is the biggest key to developing logic, reason and results. What does Bacon say about observation? What is more important - observation or natural history? Can one work without the other in regards to forming a philosophy? Explain. Examine why Bacon takes issue with observation using the senses. Discuss how Bacon thought observation should be conducted and how the information should be used.

Essay Topic 2

Twenty years after the ascension of Christ, the people of Renfusa saw some unidentified phenomena on the water. Explain the phenomena as much as possible. Could the phenomena be explained using today's scientific methods? Do you believe there was a force field or paralyzing force attached to the phenomena? Could it have been mass hallucination? What was left behind after the light disappeared?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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