The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America Test | Final Test - Hard

Louis Menand
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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. Pierce believed that the universe was constantly evolving and trying to reach ___________.

2. This new organization was sold to ___________ stating that it protected university and college professors from being terminated for differing thoughts.

3. In May 1918, Congress amended the law to become the Espionage and _________ Act.

4. One of the problems of Pragmatism is that it does not take into account _________.

5. Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Staff created _______ in the poorest section of Chicago.

Short Essay Questions

1. When Charles Pierce arrived at the school, what did he announce he was going to revive?

2. What are modern societies led by, according to the studies of Holmes?

3. What was the greatest achievement of Holmes which occurred before he was 40 years old?

4. Why was Cattell fired from Columbia University with the start of WWI?

5. What did Pierce have to do because of the cancer that ravaged his body in his later years?

6. What was never the intention of the American Association of University Professors though it ended up being the case anyway?

7. Why did Kallen give up his religion at first, though he ended up returning later on?

8. How were students taught at the laboratory school in Chicago by Dewey and the staff?

9. What did Randolph Bourne believe his purpose in life was, according to this book?

10. What is it said that pragmatism helps reformers, misfits, and geniuses do in their lives?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Congress during the time of the Civil War was said to more active than ever before, according to the Preface.

Part 1: Why do you think the Civil War was a time when Congress was able to be more active?

Part 2: Why was it necessary for Congress to become a progressive leader during this time?

Part 3: Do you think government should have been more or less active at this time, knowing what we do now?

Essay Topic 2

The inequality of races was something many scientists set out to prove during the early days of America.

Part 1: Why do you think other races were immediately seen as being inferior?

Part 2: Do you think it's fair to start a scientific discussion with an answer already in mind? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think people still believe that races and the genetics of different races lead to inequality or the presumed superiority of whites? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

To a certain extent, many of the families of the thinkers had certain advantages over other families in the area.

Part 1: Do you think it's fair for some families to have advantages in relation to education? Why or why not?

Part 2: If the educational playing field could be completely level, do you think there could be great thinkers? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think so many of the thinkers in this story had the success they did?

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