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. What impression does the reader have of Mileva's attitude toward her life during Chapter Six?

2. In Chapter Six, a friend offers Einstein three positions in Berlin. Which of the following is NOT offered?

3. After Albert is asked not to return to his school, Hermann tells his son that he can't support him anymore. Why?

4. Who takes care of Einstein after his divorce?

5. Chapter Five opens with Einstein presenting his paper on what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Michelson and Morley assume that their experiments are a failure?

2. Based on Einstein's dialogue with community members, what type of person does he seem to be in Chapter One?

3. What is interesting about Einstein's approach to the customary visits usually undertaken by new staff members? What is the result of his decision?

4. Describe young Albert Einstein's feelings about school.

5. Describe Mileva Maritsch's frustrations with her marriage to Einstein. Is it Einstein with whom she is displeased, or something else?

6. According to the author, how is the relationship between Einstein and Mileva during and after their divorce?

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

8. 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?

9. According to the author, why does young Einstein not fit in at his school?

10. In what ways is Elsa just what Einstein needs? Explain.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Albert Einstein is a problem student. Is he too lazy to learn, or does his school system fail him? Use supporting material from the text and discuss in detail the challenge of teaching Einstein. What other great scholars or artists are difficult students?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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