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 Bob Shaftoe doing when Daniel visits him?

2. What characters are attacked by would-be assassins in Hanover?

3. Who rescues Jack and Eliza?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

7. Based on Sir Isaac and Daniel's debate about the Russians and the French, who do you think is more likely to be responsible for sabotage?

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

9. Who is John Doe and how do his actions affect Daniel?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Each new member of the Clubb introduces a new mission and/or skill. Compare and contrast the Clubb at its first meeting to its subsequent gatherings in the book and evaluate how effective the Clubb is as a whole with specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Throughout the story, people and objects are continually being disguised. Examine three examples from the book where a disguise is used. Determine whether the disguise is successful, and how/why it is or is not.

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