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

2. What is NOT something Henry Arlanc confesses to stealing?

3. Where does Daniel say he will be staying when he reaches London?

4. What is Eliza skeptical about regarding the logic mill?

5. What leads Eliza and Caroline to uncover a dead assassin?

Short Essay Questions

1. Analyze the reasons different characters are paired up in this section of the book.

2. What political issues are burdening England when Daniel arrives in London?

3. 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?

4. How does the attempt on the characters' lives emphasize the other elements of the plot at this point in the book?

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

6. What does Ravenscar declare to the mob, and what does Daniel think of this?

7. How does Daniel attempt to gain additional financial support for his research and inventions, and is he successful?

8. What does the assassination attempt make Caroline realize about herself and the state of England?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many narratives foreshadow the conclusion of the story through subtle hints or blatant clues. Select an event in Book 8 whose outcome was hinted in earlier books or chapters, and examine the methods used to indicate what would happen later. Was the event in Book 8 ultimately a surprise to you?

Essay Topic 2

The fate of England's currency is a major subject throughout the narrative: why does counterfeiting pose such a threat of unbalancing national stability? Be sure to explain Sir Isaac's role and effect in regard to England's economy.

Essay Topic 3

Much of the debate and peril in the book surrounds the English monarchy and the rights to succession. Explain the tense political situation throughout the course of the book, and consider whether the characters are aware of the political peril they are in.

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