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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who wrote the introduction?
(a) Stephen Hawking.
(b) Edwin Hubble.
(c) Carl Sagan.
(d) Max Planck.

2. Quanta are made of what?
(a) Packets of emitted hydroelectric radiation.
(b) Packets of emitted gamma radiation.
(c) Packets of emitted astroelectric radiation.
(d) Packets of emitted electromagnetic radiation.

3. In what year did Stephen Hawking enter the Royal Society of London?
(a) 1973.
(b) 1975.
(c) 1972.
(d) 1974.

4. Hawking co-authored a paper in what year that explains the big bang theory?
(a) 1985.
(b) 1970.
(c) 1980.
(d) 1977.

5. If we created a black hole by exploding a very large hydrogen bomb what would happen?
(a) The sun would be destroyed.
(b) The entire solar system would be destroyed.
(c) The inner solar system would be destroyed.
(d) The entire world would be destroyed.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was the uncertainty principle developed?

2. Unlike children, scientists and philosophers, most adults use what to explain away the fundamental questions of the universe?

3. What star system has a fairly certain black hole?

4. What is one of the colors of quarks?

5. Who proposed the idea that there are such things called quanta?

Short Essay Questions

1. When looking at the sky on a clear night what do you see and how far away is it?

2. Why might our present day ways of thinking about the universe seem ridiculous in the future?

3. Scientists start with observations and mathematics to answer the fundamental questions and then do what?

4. What are quanta?

5. What will happen if the expansion of the universe stops?

6. What is the uncertainty principle?

7. The mathematical formulas that result from a scientific model of the universe must do what?

8. What model of the atom persisted until the 1960's?

9. Light behaves in which two manners?

10. What is one way that scientists determine that subatomic particles exist?

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