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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. In what area did Bohr make his first big discovery?

2. What did the Bohrs invite Heisenberg to do during this visit?

3. How does Heisenberg refer to Weizsacker?

4. What is the reason for the frequency of Bohr’s skiing and sailing trips?

5. How does Heisenberg react to Margrethe during the visit depicted in Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the audience know when fission was invented?

2. What role did Bohr play in the atomic project?

3. What is the religious relationship between Bohr and Heisenberg that is alluded to throughout the play?

4. What atomic programs exist in Germany in 1941?

5. Why did Fermi go to Chicago?

6. What did Heisenberg consult with Bohr about in 1932?

7. What is the familial relationship between Bohr and Heisenberg that is alluded to throughout the play?

8. Where is it first reported in Europe that the Americans are working on a bomb?

9. What was Schrödinger’s work that Heisenberg struggled to accept?

10. What conflict does the rift between Bohr and Heisenberg is Margrethe reminded of?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many titles are possible for this play. Why has Frayn chosen to title it after the city of Copenhagen when so many other issues are at stake?

Essay Topic 2

Bohr and Heisenberg fight throughout the play, but also resolve their differences at various points. What are the issues that lead them into a stalemate? What helps them make up after fighting? Do they ever really resolve any of their issues?

Essay Topic 3

Margrethe states that Bohr’s refusal to continue the conversation was an act of friendship. What does she mean by this? How is this possible? What might have happened if Bohr had continued the conversation?

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