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. Who does Ravenscar announce as victorious to the mob?

2. What leads Eliza and Caroline to uncover a dead assassin?

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

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

5. Who is disguised as a man with syphilis at Crane Court?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the elaborate plan and series of events that Jack Shaftoe and Edouard De Gex put into motion in Chapter 20.

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

3. How do Eliza and Caroline confirm their suspicions that a spy is amongst them?

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

5. Describe how Thomas' invention works and how it would benefit the populace.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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