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 Eliza skeptical about regarding the logic mill?

2. What do Jack, Daniel, and Sir Isaac negotiate?

3. Traces of what unusual substance are found at the shipyard?

4. What is the profession of Sir Isaac's nemesis?

5. Who becomes a member of the Clubb in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what underlying reasons has a bounty been placed on Dappa's head, and how does Dappa respond to this?

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

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

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

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

6. Detail some of the characters' actions and thinking in Book 6, Chapters 21-24 that leads them to make a mistake.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Select two characters from the book who are accused of treason and analyze why they were accused. Do you think the characters' actions warranted the punishment (if any) that they received?

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