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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 mentions during the Berlin gift nonsense that it "becomes an excuse for many people for the best thing there is in life:________".
2. Einstein decides in Chapter Twelve that he sends a letter of resignation to the Academy at Berlin. What is the response?
3. How does the new prestige of the award from Chapter Ten affect Einstein's behavior?
4. Once the atomic bomb is built and tested, how does Einstein recommend the US proceed?
5. Why does Einstein decide not to accept the offered professorship in Jerusalem after leaving Germany?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain Einstein's view of the political climate in Germany at the beginning of Chapter Nine.
2. Explain why the author calls Einstein a false prophet at the beginning of Chapter Eight.
3. Why is Einstein's international fame surprising?
4. Describe and explain Einstein's answer to the reporter who asks about the political climate in Germany. Why is Einstein so careful in answering?
5. Einstein asks an American diplomat why the U.S. does not try to end Japan's aggressions in China with a boycott. Explain the diplomat's response and Einstein's feelings about the response.
6. Elsa Einstein says that it is difficult to be married to Albert Einstein. Does this seem likely? Why is it difficult?
7. What does Einstein's behavior after Elsa's death in Chapter Thirteen tell the reader about him? Is he insensitive?
8. Why is Einstein so enthused to meet Dr. Albert Michelson in California?
9. Why does Einstein finally decide to settle in America?
10. Why is Elsa Einstein unhappy in Jerusalem? Explain.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How does the reader reconcile Einstein's pacifism with his decision to become involved with the production of the atomic bomb? Aren't those two things mutually exclusive? Is Einstein a hypocrite, or is there a bigger picture to consider?
Essay Topic 2
Max Planck and Einstein have an interesting professional relationship that changes and evolves over the years. Planck is an important figure in Einstein's life. Discuss the different stages of their relationship and the reasons it changes.
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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