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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. Where does Sir Isaac have Arlanc sent?

2. Who does Eliza want put to death for betraying the country?

3. Who is disguised as a man with syphilis at Crane Court?

4. What serves as a decoy to distract the tower guards?

5. Traces of what unusual substance are found at the shipyard?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the different motives of Ravenscar and Bolingbroke at the dinner party? Who ends up triumphant at the end of the evening, and why?

2. How do Sir Isaac and Daniel respond to Partry's confession?

3. Based on Sir Isaac and Daniel's debate about the Russians and the French, who do you think is more likely to be responsible for sabotage?

4. What are some striking examples of how Daniel's world operates under different rules and thinking than life today?

5. Compare and contrast Princess Caroline to her grandmother, Sophie.

6. In what ways has Sir Isacc been put at a disadvantage in obtaining proof?

7. Does Sir Isaac approve or disapprove of the Earl of Lostwihiel and Colonel Barnes' new garrison of troops?

8. How does Daniel feel towards Dappa throughout their meeting in Chapter 13?

9. Why is William Ham willing to assist Daniel and Saturn smuggle the Solomonic gold?

10. What is White's offer to Jack, and how does Jack respond?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the story, people and objects are continually being disguised. Examine three examples from the book where a disguise is used. Determine whether the disguise is successful, and how/why it is or is not.

Essay Topic 2

Examine the ways Stephenson gives Jack the coinier consistent character and voice throughout the book and compare this with Partry's existence in the book. Were there clues to Partry's identity, or is his revelation a complete shock to the reader?

Essay Topic 3

How does the book's basis in factual science, knowledge, and events add to (or detract from) the value and enjoyment of the book? Explain how Stephenson introduces concepts that the reader might not be familiar with, analyzing specific examples from the book.

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