Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe Mr. Einstein's appearance at the opening of the book.
The author says that Einstein has shaggy, disorderly white hair and a good-natured face. He is wearing an old leather jacket, no gloves, and ill-fitting trousers.
2. Based on Einstein's dialogue with community members, what type of person does he seem to be in Chapter One?
Einstein seems to be a kindly gentleman who fits nicely into the "absent-minded professor" stereotype. Everyone in town likes him, and he stops to talk with several people over the course of his walk.
3. Do the townspeople respect Einstein at the beginning of the book?
The townspeople respect Einstein without putting him on too high a pedestal. He is simultaneously a brilliant figure they do not quite understand and an accessible member of their society.
4. Why does the author specifically mention that Einstein answers the strange boy on the porch in German?
The author mentions the language of Einstein's answer to remind readers, or to inform them, if they are not aware, that Professor Einstein is of German birth. The information is intended to help the reader understand the person.
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