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 is the visitor Daniel overhears Jack talking with?

2. How long has Jack been telling tales of conspiracy to his visitor?

3. The Clubb believes finding what person will conclude the infernal device investigation?

4. What does White spread rumors about?

5. Who tells Jack that he is considered the King of Vagabonds?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Sir Isaac's death hidden from the officials?

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

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

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

5. What is White's offer to Jack, and how does Jack respond?

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

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

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

9. Why does Bob Shaftoe mention his brother as though Jack is still alive?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Daniel generates interest and investors for inventions throughout the book. Examine how good of a 'salesman' he is by citing specific examples from the text. How could he do better and be more convincing?

Essay Topic 2

The Whigs and the Tories are the two biggest political parties in England at the time of the novel. Daniel tries to remain neutral in regard to politics, but how are his actions affected by the politics of those around him? Compare and contrast the two parties, using examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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