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

2. Where is Eliza headed when her carriage overturns?

3. What proof does Roger provide to Bolingbroke indicating that Jack has been captured?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Catherine Barton's role during the trial?

4. Does Sir Isaac approve or disapprove of the Earl of Lostwihiel and Colonel Barnes' new garrison of troops?

5. What are Daniel's conflicting thoughts about sacking Sir Isaac as master of the mint?

6. 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?

7. Why does Dappa willingly allow himself to be apprehended?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Examine how the characters' lives are different in the Epilogs from earlier. Identify any questions the Epilogs answered, as well any new questions a reader might have after reading.

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

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.

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