A Short History of Nearly Everything Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

Bill Bryson
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 3, Chapter 11.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In addition to being a seventeenth-century astronomer, Christopher Wren designed:
(a) Cathedrals.
(b) Clothes.
(c) Eyeglasses.
(d) Swords.

2. In 1875, why was Max Planck advised against studying physics and urged to study math instead?
(a) Planek knew high-level math but only very basic physics.
(b) It was believed that all the important physics discoveries had already been made.
(c) The government often arrested those who delved in certain branches of physics.
(d) A career in math offered greater financial opportunities for him.

3. In 2003, NASA came up with an estimated age of the universe. What was it?
(a) 731 trillion years.
(b) 103.5 million years.
(c) 35 million years.
(d) 13.7 billion years.

4. According to the Reverend William Buckland, the biblical reference to "in the beginning" with regards to the formation of Earth could refer to:
(a) Millions and millions of years.
(b) Myths and legends.
(c) Exactly seven days.
(d) A particular era.

5. About how many stars can be seen from Earth using a two-inch telescope?
(a) 3,000.
(b) 3 million.
(c) 300,000.
(d) 30,000.

Short Answer Questions

1. Had the universe formed just slightly differently:

2. What components were central to the apparatus that Henry Cavendish used to determine the density of Earth?

3. Astronomer Edmond Halley approached mathematician Sir Isaac Newton to get his help figuring out why planets:

4. When radiation was first discovered, it was sometimes added to:

5. Sir Isaac Newton wrote "Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy," which explains his laws of what?

(see the answer key)

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