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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. The author says that Albert and Maja resemble each other strongly except for one feature. What is different about the children?
2. In 1905, why don't other scientists know whether or not Einstein is correct?
3. What is the result of the total eclipse expeditions in Chapter Seven?
4. Based on Einstein's work, scientists follow clues on atomic energy and eventually learn how to do what?
5. Why does Hermann Einstein know more about science than the average businessman?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe young Albert Einstein's feelings about school.
2. Why does Mileva decide not to move with her husband to Berlin?
3. Why do Michelson and Morley assume that their experiments are a failure?
4. 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?
5. What does Einstein's theory of relativity have to do with Michelson and Morley's experiment?
6. Is it easy or difficult to manage a child like Albert? Explain.
7. Explain Einstein's view, as stated in Chapter Seven, on how scientists should behave in the global community.
8. Do the townspeople respect Einstein at the beginning of the book?
9. What does the reader learn about Albert from his questions about his father's compass?
10. Explain what happens to the group of German astronomers who plan to check Einstein's theory on light rays by observing a total eclipse.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe Einstein's changing relationship with his religion, from his attitude toward it as a child through young adulthood and finally to old age. In what ways does religion influence him through his life, if at all? How does he reconcile faith with science?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Imagine parenting Albert Einstein as a young child. Do his parents do a good job with him, or are they so far off the mark in understanding him that they parent badly? In what ways could they do things differently, or make greater efforts to understand him more completely? Be sure to use supporting material from the text.
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