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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. Einstein decides in Chapter Twelve that he sends a letter of resignation to the Academy at Berlin. What is the response?
2. What is Einstein's position on pacifism as he ages and as tension once again rises in Europe?
3. During his tour of America, Einstein is beginning to have grave concerns about what situation at home in Germany?
4. At the close of Chapter Eleven, Einstein is asked about Hitler. What answer does he give?
5. Besides the honor of the award in Chapter Ten, Einstein also receives what?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the reader learn about Einstein's tastes, based on his reaction to the quarters on the ship reserves for him?
2. Why is Einstein happier at Princeton University than he is at previous appointments?
3. Einstein brings national attention to Germany, so it seems logical that Hitler celebrates Einstein's success. This is not the case. Why?
4. Why is Einstein's international fame surprising?
5. Explain why the author calls Einstein a false prophet at the beginning of Chapter Eight.
6. Explain Einstein's view of the political climate in Germany at the beginning of Chapter Nine.
7. Explain why some Japanese are insulted when Einstein speaks in that country.
8. Explain why Einstein, a former pacifist, agrees to speak to President Roosevelt about the creation of an atomic bomb.
9. Why is Einstein no longer a pacifist in Chapter Fourteen?
10. Why is Elsa Einstein unhappy in Jerusalem? Explain.
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
Pick an Einstein quote that sums up his character and discuss in detail why that particular quote says all that needs to be said about him. The selected quote should speak to at least three different aspects of his character.
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