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 Jack get out of the ordeal with the Tower?

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

3. Who does Daniel believe was the intended victim of the incident in Chapter 4?

4. Why is Daniel suspicious of Roger and his clockwork volcano?

5. What serves as a decoy to distract the tower guards?

Short Essay Questions

1. 'Translate' two of Jack Ketch and Jack Shaftoe's riddles to each other, as they speak to confuse onlookers and listeners.

2. Why is William Ham willing to assist Daniel and Saturn smuggle the Solomonic gold?

3. Why do Sir Isaac, Daniel, and Colonel Barnes think they are in danger in Chapter 27?

4. What advantage did Dappa have in the duel, and why might White have also let him win?

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

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

7. How do Sir Isaac and Daniel respond to Partry's confession?

8. How does Daniel feel about what happens to Ravenscar in Chapter 9, and what must he now handle by himself?

9. What are Daniel's conflicting thoughts about sacking Sir Isaac as master of the mint?

10. Why does Jack throw his gold buttons, coins and clothing out into the crowd?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of the debate and peril in the book surrounds the English monarchy and the rights to succession. Explain the tense political situation throughout the course of the book, and consider whether the characters are aware of the political peril they are in.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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