The System of the World 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. What character helps claim the Pyx from the vault?

2. What is Caroline doing while she reminisces about her life?

3. Who does Ravenscar announce as victorious to the mob?

4. What event does Daniel discuss with Sir Isaac after his summons to the House of Lords?

5. For what reason do Daniel and Sir Isaac visit the shipyard in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. How much does the gold weigh, and what is the significance of that weight?

2. What sequence of events pushes the Clubb closer to capturing Jack?

3. What are the negative aspects and results of the coronation of the king?

4. What unusual occurrences has Jack experienced, and what is mysterious about them?

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

6. What does Daniel notice about how Peter the Great affects other people?

7. How is Sir Isaac's death hidden from the officials?

8. How has Sir Isaac made many enemies for himself, according to Chapter 33?

9. Though torture is a punishment, does Jack gain anything positive from the experience?

10. Why do Sir Isaac, Daniel, and Colonel Barnes think they are in danger in Chapter 27?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Daniel and Sir Isaac debate about the threat of the Russians versus the French. Discuss whose argument you think is more convincing or probable, and why? How could the other argument have been more convincing?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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