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 is NOT something Henry Arlanc confesses to stealing?

2. For what reason do Daniel and Sir Isaac visit the shipyard in Chapter 8?

3. What has Jack forgotten about, according to Partry?

4. What do Jack, Daniel, and Sir Isaac negotiate?

5. Where does Daniel say he will be staying when he reaches London?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ravenscar declare to the mob, and what does Daniel think of this?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does the assassination attempt make Caroline realize about herself and the state of England?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Solomon declares that he knows of only two alchemists in the world. What events in the book focus on, or are colored by aspects of alchemy? How does Daniel's involvement with alchemy help or hinder him in any situations?

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

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.

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