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 Daniel first meet Sir Isaac's niece, Catherine Barton?

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

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

4. What is distinctive about the heavy box Sir Isaac and Daniel find below deck?

5. Where does Peter go with the gold from the hull of the Minerva?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What sequence of events pushes the Clubb closer to capturing Jack?

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

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

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

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

Daniel is instrumental in the reconcilement between Leibniz and Sir Isaac. Compare and contrast Daniel's role in relation to each man. Analyze how key events of the book would have been different if Leibniz and Sir Isaac had reconciled earlier on.

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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