Albert Einstein Test | Mid-Book 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. Chapter Five opens with Einstein presenting his paper on what?

2. Einstein's responses to the people he meets during the course of chapter one suggest what about his character?

3. What nickname do the boys at school give Albert?

4. Albert's mother usually lets him stay up late to listen to music, but tonight she sends him to bed. Why?

5. What does Einstein's famous formula mean?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Einstein asked not to return to the Luitpold Gymnasium?

2. The reader learns that Einstein's work eventually leads other scientists to create the atom bomb. Why?

3. What does Einstein's theory of relativity have to do with Michelson and Morley's experiment?

4. Why does Einstein change his mind about granting the boy from the porch an interview?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. Do the townspeople respect Einstein at the beginning of the book?

8. Describe Mileva Maritsch.

9. Describe Pauline Einstein. What kind of woman is she?

10. Why is the job at the Patent Office a good position for Einstein? Explain.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Science is a constantly changing field, as new scientists expand and improve the work of those who come before them. Discuss at least three other scientific advances besides the atom bomb that Einstein's theory enables and the scientists who buils on his work.

Essay Topic 2

How does Einstein feel about his legacy as a scientist? Given all that comes from his work, is he pleased with his contribution to the world or dismayed by it? Use material from the book and knowledge of his character to support either assertion and discuss in detail Einstein's feelings about the modern applications of his theory.

Essay Topic 3

Albert Einstein is a pacifist. Using supporting material from the book, explain his world view and how it evolves over the course of his life. What are the factors that initially influence him to become a pacifist, and why does he eventually abandon the notion? How does his pacifism affect his scientific career?

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