The System of the World Test | Final 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 the King name First Lord of the Treasury?

2. Who does Catherine Barton say Sir Isaac needs to act as his voice?

3. What does Jack believe he's found under the stress of torture?

4. Who accompanies Daniel to investigate Fleet Prison?

5. What gives Daniel power over Sir Isaac in Chapter 24?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Sir Isaac's plan to discover the location of the manufactured phosphorus?

3. In what ways has Sir Isacc been put at a disadvantage in obtaining proof?

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

5. Though torture is a punishment, does Jack gain anything positive from the experience?

6. What is the significance of the cheering public throwing coins at Jack in his cell?

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

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

9. How has Sir Isaac made many enemies for himself, according to Chapter 33?

10. Why does the exchange between Jack and his visitor sicken Daniel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Dappa is a negro author and shipmate of the Minerva. Explain how Dappa's character serves as a role reversal from a typical 'escaped slave' narrative, noting specific examples of how he interacts with other characters.

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