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 is Sir Isaac Newton's house located?

2. What is the subject of the main feud between Newton and Leibniz?

3. How do Bolingbroke and Ravenscar find out that Caroline is in London?

4. What motivates George Louis' arrival?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What are some striking examples of how Daniel's world operates under different rules and thinking than life today?

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

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

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

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

9. What are the different motives of Ravenscar and Bolingbroke at the dinner party? Who ends up triumphant at the end of the evening, and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The fate of England's currency is a major subject throughout the narrative: why does counterfeiting pose such a threat of unbalancing national stability? Be sure to explain Sir Isaac's role and effect in regard to England's economy.

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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