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 does Dappa choose to do?

2. Who tries to protect Dappa from capture?

3. What object does Daniel select to be auctioned off by Partry?

4. Who is Otto Van Hoek?

5. Who is killed when the ticking chest is opened?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Examine how the characters' lives are different in the Epilogs from earlier. Identify any questions the Epilogs answered, as well any new questions a reader might have after reading.

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