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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. Though he has enemies in political circles, why os Einstein is happy during Chapter Nine?
3. Elsa Einstein notes in an interview that "To be the wife of this man..."
4. The author mentions three ways Einstein behaves toward all admirers. Which of the following is NOT mentioned?
5. When asked by the Archbishop what effect his theory has on religion, what does Einstein answer?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Elsa Einstein unhappy in Jerusalem? Explain.
2. Einstein brings national attention to Germany, so it seems logical that Hitler celebrates Einstein's success. This is not the case. Why?
3. Explain the approach Einstein wants the U.S. to take in regards to the atomic bomb after its creation.
4. Why does Einstein finally decide to settle in America?
5. Explain why Einstein, a former pacifist, agrees to speak to President Roosevelt about the creation of an atomic bomb.
6. Why is Einstein happier at Princeton University than he is at previous appointments?
7. Explain why the author calls Einstein a false prophet at the beginning of Chapter Eight.
8. The Holocaust is not underway when Einstein elects not to return to Germany. Why does he decide to stay away from his homeland?
9. What plan does Einstein think up to slow the flood of autograph requests?
10. Explain Einstein's view of the political climate in Germany at the beginning of Chapter Nine.
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
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
Given the effects of his work, is Einstein a hero or a villain? Support either assertion with examples of people with similar strengths or weaknesses.
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