Einstein's Dreams Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

Alan Lightman
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through 18 June 1905 through Epilogue.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the "28 June 1905" dream, what do people use to try to catch the birds that stop time?
(a) A bell jar.
(b) A butterfly net.
(c) A quilt made specifically for the hunt.
(d) A bird-feeder.

2. What is the narrator's explanation of such a short life in the "3 June 1905" dream?
(a) That the earth spins forward only halfway through a full revolution and then moves backward to the starting point.
(b) That a person's heart beats so slowly and powerfully that the heart wears out quickly.
(c) That the Earth is farther out in the solar system (like Neptune).
(d) The earth spins so slowly that it takes a whole life time to complete one revolution.

3. What happens to time in the "14 May 1905" dream?
(a) Time stands still.
(b) Time moves slowly.
(c) Time is set in a constant loop.
(d) Time is sped up.

4. In the "15 June 1905 dream," where is the young woman at the end of the dream?
(a) In a nursing home.
(b) In her husband's home.
(c) In her parent's home.
(d) In her bed.

5. According to the "22 May 1905" dream, how does time flow in the world described?
(a) In alternating phases of fast and slow.
(b) In accelerating spurts.
(c) Unevenly and fitfully.
(d) Smoothly and consistently.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the narrator, the world described in the "11 June 1905" dream, is a world without what?

2. According to the narrator in the "28 April 1905" dream, what is visible in all places?

3. What invention preceded the notice of the "speed effect"?

4. How old is the young woman, in the "15 June 190" dream, when she finally stops her travel into the future?

5. How do the clouds appear, in the "17 June 1905" dream, after a gap in time?

(see the answer key)

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