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 does Caroline believe she has been foolish in doing?

3. Traces of what unusual substance are found at the shipyard?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. Daniel must dispel certain thoughts both about himself and Sir Isaac; why is it not beneficial for him to be perceived as a Jacobite?

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

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

9. How does each member of the Clubb contribute to solve the problem of figuring out who is responsible for the explosions?

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

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

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?

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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