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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. In 1905, why don't other scientists know whether or not Einstein is correct?
(a) No one hears of his work.
(b) No one is able to recreate the experiment.
(c) No one takes him seriously.
(d) No one understands his work well enough to do the experiments.
2. How does Einstein refer to the way he feels about lecturing at the university?
(a) "Performances on the trapeze."
(b) "A silly, pointless exercise."
(c) "My calling in life."
(d) "The best work I've ever done."
3. The author says that Albert and Maja resemble each other strongly except for one feature. What is different about the children?
(a) Maja's eyes twinkle with laughter, while Albert's are clouded with dreams.
(b) Maja is blonde, while Albert has dark hair.
(c) Maja is short, while Albert is very tall.
(d) Maja is polite, while Albert is rude.
4. During dinner in Chapter Two, why is Mrs. Einstein impatient for the children to get finished with dinner?
(a) Her husband's employees are coming to enjoy some music.
(b) She and her husband have a date.
(c) They are having dessert.
(d) Albert needs to do his homework.
5. In relation to Michelson and Morley's work, Einstein's theory claims what?
(a) There is nothing absolutely at rest in the universe.
(b) Michelson and Morley do their experiment incorrectly.
(c) The universe travels at the speed of sound.
(d) There is nothing in motion in the universe.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Mileva say she misses about Switzerland during Chapter Six?
2. In Chapter Four, Einstein makes friends from other countries at his new school. What affect do their stories have on him?
3. What reason does Hermann give for moving his family to Munich?
4. In his spare time from work at the patent office, what does Einstein invent?
5. Who becomes Einstein's second wife?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Hermann Einstein say that an education is so important? He mentions that "a Jew needs one to get along nowadays." To what situation is Hermann referring?
2. Describe Mileva Maritsch's frustrations with her marriage to Einstein. Is it Einstein with whom she is displeased, or something else?
3. The reader learns that Einstein's work eventually leads other scientists to create the atom bomb. Why?
4. Describe Einstein's parents, Pauline and Hermann. What type of parents are they?
5. Why does Einstein get along better with his peers at the University than he does with his schoolmates previously?
6. Why is Einstein sometimes called the Newton of the twentieth century?
7. Describe Mr. Einstein's appearance at the opening of the book.
8. Why does Einstein change his mind about granting the boy from the porch an interview?
9. The author states that relativity is not new, and she uses a train as an example. Explain this example. Why does the author use this example?
10. In Chapter Two, Pauline Einstein thinks that Albert is ill and sends him to bed early. What brings about the change in Albert's appearance, and why does his mother mistake it for illness?
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