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 characters are attacked by would-be assassins in Hanover?

2. What is Bob Shaftoe doing when Daniel visits him?

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

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

5. Who does Daniel meet upon his arrival to London?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. For what underlying reasons has a bounty been placed on Dappa's head, and how does Dappa respond to this?

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

9. What does Johann think of Caroline, and what actions support this?

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

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

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 3

In Daniel and Sir Isaac's time, patenting laws and intellectual property rights did not exist to protect inventors and natural philosophers. What problems do the characters run into with the threat of someone stealing their ideas, and how do they protect themselves? How do you think these disputes would be settled if they occurred today?

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