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 Jack team up with to devalue the English currency?

2. What does De Gex threaten to do to Eliza?

3. What does Colonel Barnes incorrectly assume of Sir Isaac?

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

5. Where is Sir Isaac Newton's house located?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the attempt on the characters' lives emphasize the other elements of the plot at this point in the book?

5. How do Eliza and Caroline confirm their suspicions that a spy is amongst them?

6. What does Daniel deduce as Jack's motivation for his conduct, and why is Eliza unimpressed with Daniel's deduction?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Daniel deduces that Jack's actions are motivated by his love for Eliza. Can love really explain Jack's actions? What other motivations might have influenced his behavior? Use events from the book to illustrate.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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