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. How many infernal devices explode on the tor?

3. What is Mr. Bayne's country of origin?

4. What does Caroline believe she has been foolish in doing?

5. Who holds Sir Isaac accountable for the events at the English Mint on April 23, 1714?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does each member of the Clubb contribute to solve the problem of figuring out who is responsible for the explosions?

2. What happens to Henry Arlanc, and why is this not a complete letdown to Daniel and Sir Isaac?

3. Why does Dappa willingly allow himself to be apprehended?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the state of the English economy and coinage, according to Sir Isaac Newton, when Daniel comes to visit him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Solomon declares that he knows of only two alchemists in the world. What events in the book focus on, or are colored by aspects of alchemy? How does Daniel's involvement with alchemy help or hinder him in any situations?

Essay Topic 3

Cite examples where a character from the book reminisces about his or her life and then uses that reflection to motivate a future action, or modify their current opinions / attitude. What prompted the character to think about his or her past, and did the reminiscing have a positive effect?

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