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

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

3. How many infernal devices explode on the tor?

4. Who does Eliza want put to death for betraying the country?

5. Where does Daniel first meet Sir Isaac's niece, Catherine Barton?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Jack question most about his life? What was the decision that might have led to a different life for him?

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

4. How has Dappa turned the tables on White by this point in the story?

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

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

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

8. How much does the gold weigh, and what is the significance of that weight?

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

10. What is the procedure for testing the gold guinea samples?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the threats coming from lands beyond England with the threats coming from within the country itself. Which are more severe? Explain using examples.

Essay Topic 2

Daniel and Sir Isaac debate about the threat of the Russians versus the French. Discuss whose argument you think is more convincing or probable, and why? How could the other argument have been more convincing?

Essay Topic 3

Select two characters from the book who are accused of treason and analyze why they were accused. Do you think the characters' actions warranted the punishment (if any) that they received?

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