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

2. What happens to Threader's luggage wagon when he and Daniel arrive at the Royal Society?

3. Who tries to protect Dappa from capture?

4. What does Dappa discover at Worth's coffeehouse?

5. What happens to Lt. Throwley, the Yeoman guard from the Tower of London?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the main dispute between Leibniz and Sir Isaac, and what part does Daniel play in all of it?

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

3. What does Eliza try to do at the Opera House? Does she succeed? What does she learn?

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

5. What does Daniel deduce as Jack's motivation for his conduct, and why is Eliza unimpressed with Daniel's deduction?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine how the characters' lives are different in the Epilogs from earlier. Identify any questions the Epilogs answered, as well any new questions a reader might have after reading.

Essay Topic 2

In Daniel and Sir Isaac's time, patenting laws and intellectual property rights did not exist to protect inventors and natural philosophers. What problems do the characters run into with the threat of someone stealing their ideas, and how do they protect themselves? How do you think these disputes would be settled if they occurred today?

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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