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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. At the close of Chapter Eleven, Einstein is asked about Hitler. What answer does he give?
3. The author gives three reasons why some scientists disagree with Einstein's work. Which of the following does the author NOT mention?
4. In Chapter Thirteen, Infeld says of the professor, "Once a work is finished his interest in it ____".
5. Who is present when Einstein dies at the end of Chapter Fourteen?
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. What does Einstein's behavior after Elsa's death in Chapter Thirteen tell the reader about him? Is he insensitive?
3. Explain why some Japanese are insulted when Einstein speaks in that country.
4. Why is Einstein happier at Princeton University than he is at previous appointments?
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. Why is Einstein's international fame surprising?
7. What plan does Einstein think up to slow the flood of autograph requests?
8. With what group of critics does Einstein grow angry in Chapter Eight, and why?
9. Describe and explain Einstein's answer to the reporter who asks about the political climate in Germany. Why is Einstein so careful in answering?
10. Describe Einstein's attempts to help those less fortunate refugees in Chapter Thirteen.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast Mileva Maritsch and Elsa Einstein. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each woman? In what ways do each influence Einstein's life?
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
Compare and contrast Einstein's relationship with Germany from his early days as a professor to his final days in America. How does the relationship change? How do the attitudes of the common people change? Is Einstein responsible in any way for his status, or is he purely a victim of circumstance?
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