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 is Caroline doing while she reminisces about her life?

2. What is Partry's confession?

3. Which English lord is under house arrest?

4. Where does the one-armed Russian launch his attack?

5. What does Dappa choose to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the elaborate plan and series of events that Jack Shaftoe and Edouard De Gex put into motion in Chapter 20.

2. Why does Bob Shaftoe mention his brother as though Jack is still alive?

3. What are Daniel's conflicting thoughts about sacking Sir Isaac as master of the mint?

4. What evidence does the Clubb find to expose Bolingbroke and White as counterfeiters?

5. What is Sir Isaac's plan to discover the location of the manufactured phosphorus?

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

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

8. Daniel must dispel certain thoughts both about himself and Sir Isaac; why is it not beneficial for him to be perceived as a Jacobite?

9. What does Daniel decide to tell Eliza about in his letter?

10. What does Johann think of Caroline, and what actions support this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify a point in the book where one of the characters makes a significant 'mistake'. Analyze the sequence of events involving the mistake and determine when the mistake could have been prevented from happening, or fixed while happening. How would the story change if the mistake had never been made?

Essay Topic 2

Dappa is a negro author and shipmate of the Minerva. Explain how Dappa's character serves as a role reversal from a typical 'escaped slave' narrative, noting specific examples of how he interacts with other characters.

Essay Topic 3

The Whigs and the Tories are the two biggest political parties in England at the time of the novel. Daniel tries to remain neutral in regard to politics, but how are his actions affected by the politics of those around him? Compare and contrast the two parties, using examples from the novel.

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