The Demon-Haunted World Test | Final 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 are the chances of being cured at Lourdes?

2. What does ACLU stand for?

3. What may have been the decisive element in the Allied victory in World War II?

4. How did Albert Einstein describe Linus Pauling?

5. What does SDI stand for?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the accomplishments of Linus Pauling.

2. What is the relationship between ancient hunters and scientists?

3. What advantage does the idea of the afterlife give a society?

4. What lessons can be learned from the legal system and applied to matters of politics, economics, religion, and ethics?

5. What happens to students between kindergarten and graduating high school?

6. Describe the response that Carl Sagan's article in Parade magazine received from readers?

7. What negative traits sometimes exist in skeptics?

8. What is the story of Carlos?

9. How are scientists generally portrayed on television?

10. What is the difference between science and faith healing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that makes use of the 'baloney detection kit' described in chapter 12 of The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan, and applies it to a well-known argument. Be sure to address:

1) How effective the kit is in attacking a false argument.

2) Any issues or problems with the kit.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about a technology or invention that has had a negative impact upon humanity. Be sure to include:

1) Examples to back up your point.

2) Recommendations on what to do about the technology.

3) Lessons that can be learned from this technology in order to prevent future harm.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay that tells the story of a scientist who has shown exceptional courage and bravery in standing by their claims and research.

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